NFL notebook: Redskins will ease RGIII back in
Robert Griffin III put on his knee brace and passed the perfunctory Redskins conditioning test on the eve of training camp, then declared he has ‘'nothing left to prove'' — at least physically — in his return from major knee surgery.
That's doesn't mean he's all the way back.
Griffin said Wednesday he won't participate in 11-on-11 drills in the early days of camp and likely won't play in any preseason games. The quarterback, who likes to keep the throttle wide open, is going to have to exercise a bit more patience as he and coach Mike Shanahan — who have shared blame for how Griffin got hurt — try to work together to get him on the field for the regular season opener Sept. 9.
Broncos' Miller mum on possible ban
Broncos linebacker Von Miller offered no details about his pending drug case and possible four-game suspension, repeatedly invoking the NFL's confidentiality clause to deflect questions during his session with reporters Wednesday.
The All-Pro pass rusher acknowledged his case is under appeal and promised he would provide some candid answers once the appeal is resolved. Miller will wait to hear if he'll be banned beginning Aug. 30 — the day after Denver's final preseason game.
Bucs expect Revis to be ready
Darrelle Revis is expected on the practice field when the Buccaneers open training camp.
The three-time All-Pro cornerback who's the centerpiece of an effort to overhaul the NFL's worst pass defense has been cleared medically to participate in some activities after missing most of last season with the Jets following surgery to repair a torn knee ligament.
The Bucs obtained Revis, an Aliquippa and Pitt product, from the Jets in exchange for the 13th overall pick in this year's draft, then signed him to a six-year, $96 million contract.
Bucs' WR Williams gets $40.25 million
Mike Williams wants to be a Buccaneer for life, and he has a new contract he hopes will help him achieve that goal.
The fourth-year receiver reported for training camp and promptly signed a six-year, $40.25 million deal that he earned by significantly outperforming the one he received as a fourth-round draft pick in 2010. The 26-year-old had 63 catches for 996 yards and nine touchdowns.
Titans' LB says he helped rescue family
Titans linebacker Jonathan “Tig” Willard says he helped rescue a family from a burning vehicle.
The rookie was driving on Interstate 40 on Tuesday near Oak Ridge when he noticed a sports utility vehicle smoking. He first told TigerNet.com that he flashed his lights and honked his horn to get the driver to pull over when he saw flames shoot out the back.
Willard said he handed an infant to a woman before pulling out another child. A second man who had stopped rescued a third child and the family's dog, and they were able to grab the woman's purse and a couple bags before the SUV exploded into flames a couple minutes later.