December 13, 2012 in Sports

RG III likes chances of playing Sunday


Tonight’s game

BENGALS (7-6) at EAGLES (4-9)

Line: Bengals by 4; O/U: 45 Time: 5:20 p.m. TV: NFL Network

Briefly: If the Bengals had won last week (coupled with Pittsburgh’s surprising loss to San Diego) they would have held the sixth and final spot in the AFC playoffs. The Eagles have played hard for coach Andy Reid the past two weeks, including last week’s 23-21 last-second win against the Bucs that snapped an eight-game losing streak.

Weird stat of the week: The Bengals are 11-2 against the spread versus the NFC East dating to Dec. 3, 2000.

The pick: Bengals

John Boell, Newsday

Three days after spraining his knee, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was just a little gimpy on the practice field and very cagey behind the microphone

He likes his chances of playing Sunday, but he and coach Mike Shanahan want to keep the Cleveland Browns guessing as long as possible.

Griffin has a mild sprain of the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee, a favorable diagnosis considering the scary hit to his leg from defensive tackle Haloti Ngata at the end of a scramble late in regulation in Washington’s 31-28 overtime victory over the Baltimore Ravens.

Brent on reserve list

Josh Brent has been placed on the reserve/non-football illness list by the Dallas Cowboys, a move that ends his season but allows the defensive tackle to remain with the team.

The move came a day after a memorial service for practice squad player Jerry Brown, Brent’s close friend who was killed in a car accident when police say Brent was driving drunk.

Brent is facing charges related to the accident.

Brady-Branch reunion

The New England Patriots have re-signed receiver Deion Branch.

They signed him for the second time this season on Wednesday after Donte’ Stallworth joined Julian Edelman on injured reserve. Stallworth hurt his ankle in Monday night’s 42-14 win over the Houston Texans. Edelman suffered a foot injury in the previous game.

Around the league

Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw is not ruled out Sunday despite a knee injury. … Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy have been ruled out for the Eagles’ game against Cincinnati tonight. … Wesley Woodyard, Denver’s leading tackler, is vowing a return at Baltimore. … Detroit has put defensive tackle Corey Williams on injured reserve. … Vikings punter Chris Kluwe says he’s been fined $5,250 for promoting Ray Guy for the Pro Football Hall of Fame on his jersey. … Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain returned to practice after serving a suspension. … Charles Woodson won’t play for the Packers against the Bears. … Arizona has named rookie QB Ryan Lindley as starter against Detroit. … Jacksonville receiver Cecil Shorts III is back at practice following a concussion. … San Diego’s Vaughn Martin and safety Darrell Stuckey were placed on injured reserve.

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