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RG3's knee better, set to start Sunday

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, left, dressed for the sideline as Kirk Cousins started at Cleveland last weekend.

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Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, left, dressed for the sideline as Kirk Cousins started at Cleveland last weekend.

WASHINGTON — Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will be healthy enough to play Sunday against the Eagles if he has no setbacks, coach Mike Shanahan said Thursday.

Griffin, who missed last weekend's win against the Browns with a sprained right knee ligament sustained the week before against the Ravens, went through his second consecutive day of full practice.

Doctors watched the rookie closely Wednesday to see how his knee responded after his most extensive action since he was injured. Griffin didn't have problems and had a good practice Thursday, Shanahan said.

"If there's no setback, doctors feel that he'll be ready to go," Shanahan said.

Griffin said he didn't feel weakness or limitation in the knee, on which he has been wearing a brace.

More redskins: Cornerback DeAngelo Hall said he was falsely accused of profanely threatening to kill an official during an on-field confrontation that resulted in his ejection in an Oct. 28 loss to the Steelers. Hall said he was told during the NFL's investigation of the incident, which resulted in a $30,000 fine, that the alleged threat against head linesman Dana McKenzie led to his ejection. The threat has not been previously revealed. "And … that didn't happen," Hall said.

Colts coach can return: Chuck Pagano, diagnosed with leukemia in late September, can resume coaching whenever he's ready, his doctor, Larry Cripe, said. The Colts' coach has not been on the sideline since a Sept. 23 loss to Jacksonville. He was diagnosed three days later and began the first of three rounds of chemotherapy.

Jets QB mess: Speculation about the futures of Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow took a small turn toward the concrete. The Jets will consider all their options for both quarterbacks in the offseason, Newsday and the Associated Press reported. Specifically, they will try to trade Tebow, and if they can't, they will release him before the free agency period in March, Newsday said.

Chiefs: Running back Jamaal Charles said he is focused on finishing the season strong after coming back from tearing his left ACL last season and then dealing with the murder-suicide involving teammate Jovan Belcher. Charles has 1,230 yards and four touchdowns for one of the league's worst offenses. "My knee has been holding up pretty good," he said. Belcher shot to death his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, then committed suicide Dec. 1. Perkins was the cousin of Charles' wife, Whitney, and Charles helped to introduce her to Belcher. "I don't even want to talk about that," Charles said.

Cowboys: All-Pro linebacker DeMarcus Ware was fined $15,750 for his fourth quarter roughing-the-passer penalty against the Steelers on Sunday, ESPN reported. As he came off the edge, Ware hit Ben Roethlisberger in the back of the helmet with his right arm.

Dolphins: Starting receivers Brian Hartline and Davone Bess missed practice with back injuries. … The team sent flowers for today's funeral of Mary Sherlach, the Sandy Hook Elementary School psychologist killed in last week's shooting in Newtown, Conn. She was an avid Dolphins fan, coach Joe Philbin said: "We just thought it would be the right thing to do."

Giants: Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks returned to practice after missing the previous day with a sprained left knee and said he expected to play against the Ravens on Sunday. Defensive end Justin Tuck (shoulder), running back Ahmad Bradshaw (knee/foot), and offensive linemen Chris Snee (hip) and David Baas (hip/shoulder) sat out for the second straight day.

Raiders: After spending most of the season on the bench, Terrelle Pryor will get on the field in certain specialty packages against the Panthers on Sunday, offensive coordinator Greg Knapp said. The quarterback made his season debut last weekend against the Chiefs.

Titans: Running back Chris Johnson sent gifts to the family of 7-year-old Grace McDonnell, one of the Newtown, Conn., shooting victims, after speaking with her family by telephone. He had the names of all the victims on his cleats for Monday night's game against the Jets. The McDonnells reached out to him through the Titans, and he spoke with them Tuesday. "I kind of did it for the kids and the family. I really don't want to make it about me," he said.

Texans: Running back Arian Foster gave each offensive lineman a Segway Personal Transporter for aiding his third straight 1,000-yard season.

Pro bowl: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning received the most fan votes for the Jan. 27 game. Fan voting (3C) is one-third of the equation in determining the teams. It is combined with voting by the players and coaches. The teams will be announced Wednesday.

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