NFL notebook: RGIII targets opener after full-speed reps
Robert Griffin III moved a step closer toward a Week 1 return Wednesday when he took full-speed, full-team snaps against the first-string defense for the first time since his knee surgery.
The Sept. 9 Monday night regular-season opener against the Eagles is less than three weeks away, and the question remains whether the franchise player who says he'll be ready to go will indeed be ready to go.
“My eyes are set on Philly,” he said.
To achieve that goal, he must get the OK from his surgeon, Dr. James Andrews, who examined Griffin's reconstructed right knee Monday and will do so again after the final preseason game. Even if Andrews said all is well, the final decision will rest with coach Mike Shanahan.
Sanchez: Smith on deck
While the Jets have yet to make a decision, Mark Sanchez is “assuming” Geno Smith will start the team's preseason game against the Giants on Saturday night.
Sanchez said the quarterbacks haven't been told who will start the game, but Smith has worked with the first-team offense for three straight days. Sanchez did the same last week while Smith was hobbled by a sprained ankle and played three quarters in the Jets' victory over Jacksonville last Saturday.
No timetable for Holmes
Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes still has no timetable on when he might return to the field as he recovers from a serious foot injury that sidelined him most of last season.
Holmes hurt his foot during Week 4 last season and had two surgeries, including one in February to remove screws.
Lee close to extension
NFL.com reported Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee is close to signing a six-year, $42 million contract extension. Escalators in the deal could boost the total to $51 million. Lee will receive a $10 million signing bonus.
Lee, 27, is entering his fourth season after being selected in the second round of the 2010 draft out of Penn State. He is an Upper St. Clair graduate.
Texans' Foster off PUP list
Texans running back Arian Foster was removed from the physically unable to perform list and practiced with the Texans for the first time since May. Foster strained his right calf in an offseason practice in late May and struggled with a sore back after recovering from that injury. Foster rushed for 1,424 yards and 15 touchdowns last year for his third straight 1,200-yard season.
Bears' Bostic fined
A person familiar with the situation said Bears linebacker Jonathan Bostic was fined $21,000 for a hit during last week's preseason game against San Diego. Bostic drilled the Chargers' Mike Willie as he turned trying to catch a pass, jarring the ball from the receiver on a play that was ruled an incompletion. No penalty was called.
Bills get Byrd exemption
The NFL granted the Bills a roster exemption for newly signed safety Jairus Byrd that lasts only through the team's two final preseason games. The decision clears the way for the two-time Pro Bowler to open the season on the active roster. Byrd, however, must still pass a physical.
Browns' need for speed
The Browns said they are aware of driving violations committed by wide receivers Greg Little and Josh Gordon. Little was recently ticketed for two speeding citations, one for which he admitted to driving 127 mph and losing control of his vehicle. On Monday, Little was stopped for speeding and expired license plates. Gordon was cited for driving 98 mph in a 60 mph zone.
Players sue NFL Films
Ten former players, including five Hall of Famers, want the league to pay if NFL Films uses images of them without their consent. A group that includes Curley Culp and John Riggins filed a class-action suit in U.S. District Court in New Jersey to reclaim payment for the use of their names, images and likenesses from film footage they stated was used on NFL Network.
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