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NFL notes: Robert Griffin III could play against Vikings


Robert Griffin III could return on Sunday against the Vikings.

Washington coach Jay Gruden said Wednesday that Griffin will start “if he shows he can handle the workload (today) and Friday. If any soreness reoccurs or he isn’t comfortable” then Colt McCoy, who led Washington to a 20-17 win over Dallas on Monday night, will start.

“From a physical standpoint (Griffin) looks good,” Gruden said. “Now it’s a matter of mental and getting back into the football part of it.”

NFL-backed study: $255M boost to UK

An NFL franchise in London could generate more than $250 million a year for Britain, according to a study released Wednesday.

The feasibility study forecasts the city enjoying an annual economic boost of 102 million pounds ($165 million).

Romo could be game-time decision

Cowboys QB Tony Romo could be a game-time decision on Sunday coming off his third back injury in 18 months. Owner Jerry Jones said Romo’s injury would not end his season.

Dallas put LB Justin Durant on season-ending injured reserve with a torn arm muscle.

Quick kicks

The Giants signed CB Mike Harris off the Lions’ practice squad and placed MLB Jon Beason on injured reserve. … Chargers RB Donald Brown was cleared for practice after missing three games with a concussion. … Jets QB Geno Smith is uncertain for the team’s game at Kansas City on Sunday with a shoulder injury. Smith did not throw any passes during practice Wednesday. … The Jaguars could have OT Luke Joeckel back Sunday at Cincinnati. He left last week’s loss to Miami with a concussion in the first quarter, but he has since passed part of the NFL’s concussion protocol. The Jaguars also placed starting CB Alan Ball on injured reserve with a bicep injury and signed Tommie Campbell to replace Ball on the roster. … The Patriots signed DL Alan Branch and released LB Deontae Skinner. Branch was cut by Buffalo on Aug. 24, one day after being arrested on a drunken-driving charge. … Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict had surgery to clean out his left knee and will miss at least the next two games.

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