Stafford says ankle is 'OK'

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Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford was able to practice Wednesday on his injured right ankle, although backup Shaun Hill took some snaps with the first team.

“It feels OK. It’s sore obviously, but it’s made progress since Sunday,” Stafford said. “If I’m healthy enough to play, I’m going to try to be out there. It’s yet to be seen if I can get to that point, but if I can, then I want to play.”

The former Georgia star was hurt toward the end of Sunday’s 23-16 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

EAGLES: Unhappy he was trade bait, cornerback Asante Samuel criticized management and compared the team’s front-office to people who play fantasy football.

“Couple people upstairs might not want me, but who cares. They’ve probably never played football,” Samuel said Wednesday. “It’s a business and they run it like a business and they’re going to do what they need to do. They’re playing with a lot of money, playing fantasy football, doing their thing.”

Asked if he was referring to general manager Howie Roseman and president Joe Banner, Samuel replied: “Howie and Joe? I don’t know, do they fit the comment I made? There ya go. You think they’re upstairs playing fantasy football with the owner’s money?”

BRONCOS: With top tailback Willis McGahee missing practice Wednesday following surgery to fix a broken finger, Denver (2-4) is down to two healthy backs.

Former Georgia standout Knowshon Moreno, who was supplanted as the starter by McGahee, and third-stringer Lance Ball took the bulk of the reps at practice.

BROWNS: Running back Peyton Hillis returned to practice.

Hillis, who missed last week’s game against Seattle with a strained hamstring, practiced Wednesday for the first time since getting hurt in an Oct. 16 loss at Oakland.

Coach Pat Shurmur said Hillis will start this week at San Francisco if he’s healthy.

FINED: Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison has been fined $20,000 by the NFL for kicking Packers offensive lineman T.J. Lang in their game Sunday.

Robison received word of the fine Wednesday. He apologized to Lang, the league and the Vikings via Twitter on Sunday after he kicked Lang in the groin during a field goal try in a 33-27 loss to the Packers.


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