ASHBURN, Va. — Washington Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that he’s still waiting for a thumbs-up from the doctors before declaring that Robert Griffin III can return to game action.
The rookie quarterback sprained the lateral collateral ligament his right knee in last week’s win over the Baltimore Ravens and missed Sunday’s 38-21 victory over the Cleveland Browns.
“We’re going to play Robert when he’s 100 percent,” Shanahan said.
The sprain was mild, and Griffin made a case for staying in the lineup when he moved well in practice late last week.
Shanahan waited until Saturday night to announce that backup Kirk Cousins would make the start and said he taking the doctors’ advice.
Fellow rookie Cousins performed well in his first NFL start, completing 26 of 37 passes for 329 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. The win moved the Redskins (8-6) into a three-way tie for first in the NFC East ahead of this week’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
• Tackle Jordan Black has been suspended without pay for four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances.
The league announced Monday that Black’s suspension begins immediately and will include playoff games if the Redskins advance that far.
BROWNS: Coach Pat Shurmur would prefer running back Trent Richardson focus on regrouping rather than being critical after a tough loss.
Shurmur said Monday he spoke with Richardson after the rookie knocked his decisions following a 38-21 loss to the Washington Redskins.
The embattled second-year coach insisted he is not angry with Richardson.
CARDINALS: Re-signed guard-center Mike Gibson and released defensive tackle Ricky Lumpkin.
Monday’s move comes after Lumpkin was promoted from the practice squad Saturday and Gibson was released.
Before signing with Arizona last Wednesday, Gibson spent three seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, appearing in 20 games, eight as a starter.