Robert Griffin III has been cleared for non-contact activities but isn't going to practice yet, the team announced Wednesday. The Browns still have their one slot to designate a player for return from injured reserve, and it's fairly likely that they'll use it on the quarterback.
Sashi Brown, the Browns' executive vice president of football operations, told reporters Monday the injured quarterback still has a chance to play this season. Griffin still needs to be cleared for contact, but he's making strides toward seeing the field again this year. Browns coach Hue Jackson said Wednesday that Griffin probably won't practice this week.
The fifth-year signal-caller broke a bone in his non-throwing shoulder in Week 1 and the Browns have seen a revolving door at quarterback ever since. Josh McCown and rookies Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan have all seen significant snaps in RGIII's absence. Even Charlie Whitehurst saw action this year for Cleveland.
Browns left tackle Joe Thomas (knee) and cornerback Tramon Williams (ankle) did not practice as well.
Here are some other injuries we are tracking Wednesday:
- Eagles wideout Jordan Matthews did not practice after experiencing back spasms, head coach Doug Pederson said. Pederson also noted Matthews should be able to play Sunday. Cornerback Nolan Carroll remains in the concussion protocol.
- Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (groin) was limited in practice, head coach Rex Ryan said. Ryan also wouldn't rule out the possibility that receiver Sammy Watkins (foot) returns to practice later in the week, saying he will listen to what the medical staff recommends.
- Packers linebacker Clay Matthews (hamstring), tight end Jared Cook (concussion) and offensive tackle David Bakhtiari (knee) practiced in a limited capacity.
- Chiefs receiver Jeremy Maclin (groin), defensive lineman Jaye Howard, cornerback Marcus Peters (shoulder) and linebacker Tamba Hali (knee) did not practice. Pass rusher Justin Houston (knee), however, practiced fully for the first time this season.
- Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (shoulder) and tight end Tyler Eifert are on the injury report again. This time Eifert was limited with a knee injury.
- Redskins wideout DeSean Jackson (shoulder) was limited. Coach Jay Gruden said he has "no idea" if Jackson will play Sunday.
- Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy (knee) practiced for the first time since Week 1, in a limited capacity. Defensive end Ziggy Ansah (ankle) and running back Theo Riddick (ankle) were both limited as well.
- Niners running back Carlos Hyde (shoulder) was a full participant. Wideout Torrey Smith (shoulder) didn't practice.