NFL notebook: RG3 fined, should return Sunday
By Wire Reports
Published: Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, 8:00 p.m.
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for wearing Adidas at his postgame news conference Sunday.
The NFL on Wednesday confirmed the fine for “unauthorized apparel.”
Griffin is expected to start Sunday against the Eagles, barring any setbacks, according to sources briefed on the rookie quarterback's medical status.
Griffin was a full participant in practice Wednesday, and the Redskins feel confident he'll be ready to go this weekend, but he'll be evaluated Thursday and throughout the week because of the nature of his injury. With an lateral collateral ligament sprain, there can be swelling after physical activity.
Griffin was inactive for the game because of a sprained knee, and he wore an Adidas T-shirt and sweat jacket when he addressed reporters afterward. Griffin has a deal with Adidas, but the league has a deal with Nike.
It's the second time this season Griffin has been rebuked for his attire, but it's his first time he's been fined.
McCoy will return
Eagles running back LeSean McCoy will start against Washington (8-6) on Sunday in his first game back after missing four because of a severe concussion.
McCoy, a former Pitt star, sat out the past two games.
Colts expect coach back
The Colts hope head coach Chuck Pagano will be back on the sideline next week.
He has not been on the sideline since late September after starting the first of three rounds of chemotherapy in his battle against leukemia.
Tebow still unhappy
Tim Tebow continues to publicly say the right things despite being passed by Greg McElroy on the New York Jets' depth chart.
Tebow went to New York with aspirations of competing for the Jets' starting quarterback job. Mark Sanchez held on for 15 weeks before being yanked by coach Rex Ryan. But Ryan then gave the keys to the offense to McElroy instead.
Ryan would not go into detail Wednesday about why he chose Greg McElroy over Tebow to replace the struggling Mark Sanchez as the starting quarterback. He said it was his decision.
Tebow has had a limited role in the offense this season.
“I think it's fair to say I'm a little disappointed in the decision,” Tebow said.
Patriots QB rests
No reason for panic, but Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was a no-show at the media portion of Wednesday's practice.
No reason was given for his absence, but the obvious answer is a day of rest after throwing 65 passes in Sunday night's loss to the 49ers.
Rob Gronkowski did practice for the second consecutive day. He is coming off a broken left forearm.
Turner isn't done yet
Norv Turner isn't ruling out taking a job as an offensive coordinator for another NFL team if he is fired as coach of the Chargers after this season.
With the Chargers struggling at 5-9 and missing the playoffs for the third straight season, speculation has increased that the team will part ways with Turner. He said Wednesday that he can't picture taking a year off from coaching.
When asked if becoming an offensive coordinator would appeal to him, Turner said he would want to be in “a place where you have an opportunity to win and be in a situation that there are coaches I've worked with and been around.”
Around the league
The Jets placed rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill (knee) on injured reserve. ... Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas (knee) was placed on injured reserve. ... Erie County executive Mark Poloncarz said that progress is being made in lease negotiations between the county, state and the Bills to stay at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
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