Shanahan says RG3 will start in season opener

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So much for those last-minute “concerns.” RG3 is starting Week 1.

Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan finally confirmed Monday what has appeared inevitable since the start of training camp: Robert Griffin III will be under center for the season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.

“I feel very good where Robert’s at,” Shanahan said. “And he’ll be our starter on Monday night unless there’s some crazy setback that we don’t anticipate.”

As is fitting with all things Griffin these days, Shanahan couldn’t make the proclamation without leaving a few loose ends of intrigue. The coach refused to disclose the “concerns” that caused him to delay the announcement for several days after the quarterback was medically cleared by Dr. James Andrews.

PANTHERS: Coach Ron Rivera still hasn’t decided who’ll start at cornerback Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks in the season opener.

The only thing that’s guaranteed is it will be a young, inexperienced player.

Carolina’s cornerback position was thrown into a state of flux Saturday when the team released veteran Drayton Florence, who’d been working with the starters for most of the preseason.

Rivera said the decision to release Florence was made primarily because he wanted to give young cornerbacks Josh Thomas and Josh Norman a chance to develop into long-term starters.

“They’re both good solid young football players who are getting better and better and they need to get on the football field – both of them,” Rivera said.

Rivera said he expects to have a better idea on Wednesday who’ll start at cornerback.

PATRIOTS: Coach Bill Belichick on Monday declined to rule out bringing back quarterback Tim Tebow some time this season, noting that it’s not uncommon for him to re-sign a player he’s already cut.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen during the year, but certainly we’ve had a lot of players who’ve left here and come back here,” Belichick said. “That’s already happened multiple times this year.”

RAIDERS: Coach Dennis Allen said Monday that he will not disclose whether Terrelle Pryor or Matt Flynn will start at quarterback in the season opener against the Indianapolis Colts until game time for “competitive” reasons.

DOLPHINS: First-round draft pick Dion Jordan is expected to play as a pass rusher in the season opener Sunday despite his curtailed training camp regimen, and he might also see duty on special teams.

Jordan missed the final three exhibition games because of a lingering shoulder injury.

TRADE: The Chicago Bears acquired tight end Dante Rosario from the Dallas Cowboys for a seventh-round pick in next year’s draft.


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