NFL notebook: Shanahan says RG3 will start Week 1
So much for those last-minute “concerns.” RG3 is starting Week 1.
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that Robert Griffin III will be under center for next week's Monday night opener against the Eagles.
Griffin was cleared last Thursday to play in Week 1 by his surgeon, Dr. James Andrews. However, Shanahan said at the time that Andrews also had unspecified “concerns.”
“I feel very good where Robert's at,” Shanahan said. “And he'll be our starter on Monday night unless there's some crazy setback that we don't anticipate.”
The start marks a remarkably expedited return for last year's NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, who had major knee surgery just days after he was injured in the Redskins' playoff loss in January to Seattle.
Cincy's Atkins gets $55M
The Bengals signed defensive tackle Geno Atkins to a five-year contract extension, locking up one of their best defensive players through 2018. The deal is worth $55 million, according to USA Today, and would be second among defensive tackles in terms of average — at $11 million per season. Atkins is a two-time Pro Bowl player who set a team record for sacks last season with 12.5.
Browns to try out 2 Ks
The Browns are bringing in Pro Bowl kickers Dan Carpenter and Billy Cundiff for tryouts.
After terminating veteran Shayne Graham's contract and releasing rookie Brandon Bogotay over the weekend, the Browns don't have a kicker less than one week before their opener against Miami.
Chargers sign Clemons
The Chargers signed wide receiver Toney Clemons to their practice squad.
The Jaguars last week released Clemons, a former Valley star and undrafted free agent out of Colorado.
Raiders mum on top QB
The Raiders are gradually solidifying their starting lineup for the season opener. They aren't quite ready to announce their starting quarterback.
Coach Dennis Allen said he won't say whether Terrelle Pryor of Jeannette or Matt Flynn will start the season opener at Indianapolis until game time for “competitive” reasons.
The Raiders signed rookie quarterback Tyler Wilson, a fourth-round pick out of Arkansas, to their practice squad
Jets sign QB Quinn
The Jets signed quarterback Brady Quinn, giving the team an experienced backup behind rookie Geno Smith.
Quinn, a first-round draft pick of Cleveland in 2007, was cut by Seattle on Saturday. The Jets also cut recently signed quarterback Graham Harrell.
Colts rookie arrested
Colts rookie safety John Boyett was arrested early Monday morning on preliminary charges of disorderly conduct, public intoxication and resisting law enforcement, the Indianapolis Star reported.
Police said it took four officers to subdue and arrest Boyett, a sixth-round pick from Oregon.
Marshall says hip sound
Bears star Brandon Marshall said his surgically repaired hip is structurally sound heading into the season opener this week.
He was back with the Bears on Monday.
Marshall said the joint is “in amazing shape” after having his third hip surgery in four years.
Around the league
The Packers signed veteran quarterback Seneca Wallace just days after he was released by the 49ers, Green Bay's opening-game opponent. … The Bears acquired tight end Dante Rosario from the Cowboys for a seventh-round pick in next year's draft. … The Colts signed undrafted rookie receiver Da'Rick Rogers. … Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey didn't practice and said his status for Thursday's opener against Baltimore was “still up in the air.”