NFL Notes: Robert Griffin III breaks bone in shoulder, on IR

NFL Notes: Robert Griffin III breaks bone in shoulder, on IR

BEREA, Ohio -- Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III broke a bone in his left shoulder and will miss at least eight games.

Griffin was injured on an 11-yard run in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 29-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. As he tried to get out of bounds, Griffin was drilled by Eagles defensive back Jalen Mills.

The team said Griffin will be placed on injured reserve -- under new rules he can brought off the list -- and will be evaluated in 3 to 4 weeks.

The 26-year-old returned to the game for Cleveland's final series, but only handed the ball off while favoring his left arm. RG3 is the 25th quarterback to start for the Browns since 1999, a roll call of rookies, veterans and free agents.

With Griffin out, Josh McCown will start this week's home opener against Baltimore.

Panthers: Rivera: Cam Newton's head is fine
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Panthers coach Ron Rivera says Cam Newton's body is sore but his head is fine, and he fully expects the league's reigning MVP to play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.

Rivera says "he's resilient and he's moving around pretty good."

Newton took at least four helmet-to-helmet hits in Carolina's 21-20 loss to the Denver Broncos on Thursday night.

The NFL and the Players Association are both looking into whether more should have been done when Newton took a shot to the head in the final minute of the game. Newton was cleared to return and finished the game, getting the Panthers into field goal range, although Graham Gano missed from 50 yards out.

Rivera says he has full confidence that the Panthers medical staff handled the situation properly (see full story).

Seahawks: Russell Wilson has ankle sprain
RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll believes quarterback Russell Wilson will be able to play in Week 2 against Los Angeles despite suffering a sprained ankle in the opener against Miami.

Speaking on his weekly radio show on KIRO-AM on Monday, Carroll said Wilson has been diagnosed with a sprained ankle. Carroll said both X-rays and an MRI came back clear, but there is some swelling.

Wilson may be limited in practice this week ahead of facing the Rams, Carroll said.

Wilson has not missed a game during his career.

Wilson was injured in the third quarter of Sunday's 12-10 win over the Dolphins while being sacked by Ndamukong Suh. Wilson had his ankle re-taped and did not miss a snap.

What Eagles' DBs can learn from Saints disaster

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What Eagles' DBs can learn from Saints disaster

With just a few seconds left in Sunday's Vikings-Saints game, Eagles cornerback Patrick Robinson walked away from his television and went to throw out some garbage. 

"I thought it was over," Robinson said. 


By the time Robinson walked back inside, his friends were eagerly waiting to tell him what he missed. Somehow, the Vikings pulled off a miracle 61-yard, walk-off touchdown pass. Rookie safety Marcus Williams whiffed on a tackle that would have ended the game. And the elusive Stefon Diggs scampered into the end zone. 

For the Eagles' defensive backs, seeing that mistake on Sunday served as a reminder. 

"Make that tackle and we're playing the Saints, but he misses that tackle and now the Vikings are here," safety Rodney McLeod said. "Just like that, your season can be taken away from you in the playoffs."

McLeod, Robinson and Corey Graham, three veterans of the Eagles' secondary, said they feel really bad for Williams, a rookie who had a good season until the last play that ruined it. Robinson pointed out that Williams actually had a huge interception earlier in the game that will be all but forgotten. 

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson stressed the importance of situational awareness all week heading into the divisional round. McLeod thinks that missed play will be a teaching moment for the Eagles this week. The Eagles always show their players a bunch of those types of plays in two-minute situations. They all know their responsibilities on them. 

"That's crazy," Graham said. "That might be like one of the worst plays I've ever seen. It's tough. I feel sorry for that guy. We all know that situation. He's supposed to be outside that guy, don't let him get out of bounds, so that's what he's thinking. So I'm pretty sure that's why he ran out of bounds, ran outside like that, trying to get outside leverage. But, I mean, I don't know, man. You've gotta do something. Either play the ball or make the tackle. It's tough, you don't obviously want to let the guy score the touchdown and lose the game like that. You've gotta find a way to make that play."

Graham broke it down a little further. He said if he was in that situation, he would have tried to play the ball. There were two choices: Either play the ball or back up some and allow the receiver to catch the ball and then tackle him in bounds.

Williams unfortunately saw what was behind Door No. 3.

"What you can't do is be too conservative where you do neither and the guy catches the ball and scores a touchdown," Graham said. "It's a tough situation for that guy. I feel sorry for him. I wish him the best."

Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz declined to say specifically how his defense would handle a situation like the one the Saints found themselves in with 10 seconds left on the clock Sunday. Schwartz didn't want to lose any kind of tactical advantage; the playoffs are stressful times. 

But he did say his players are coached up for those types of situations. 

Having been a defensive assistant in Tennessee during the 1999 season, Schwartz was at Adelphia Coliseum on Jan. 8, 2000, when the Titans pulled off the Music City Miracle.  

"Playoff football, those plays are big," Schwartz said. "And they're remembered for a long time." 

Unfortunately for Williams, he's going to be remembered from Sunday for the worst possible reason. He's going to be remembered as the guy who blew the game and the Saints' chance at a Super Bowl. That's something he'll have to live with and it seems like he's determined to not let this blunder define his career. Good for him. 

For the Eagles, his mistake serves as a reminder of the importance of doing their individual jobs and of the fragility of life in the NFL playoffs. 

"I know he's a good player and he would like to have that play back," McLeod said. "The one thing is, you don't get it back, man. You have to make the most of every play, every opportunity and every second out on that field."

Even Jaguars would be favored over Eagles right now

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Even Jaguars would be favored over Eagles right now

According to Bovada's early Super Bowl lookahead, the Eagles would be underdogs against both AFC teams if they advance.

Nothing new for the Birds.

The Patriots would be 7-point favorites over the Eagles and the Jaguars 2½-point favorites.

As for this weekend, the Vikings are currently favored by 3½ points over the Eagles, with 62 percent of the betting public taking Minnesota.

And some prop bets for championship weekend:

• Nick Foles has the longest odds of the four remaining quarterbacks to throw for the most yards. He's 7/1.

• Vikings WR Adam Thielen is tied with Rob Gronkowski at 5/1 to lead the weekend in receiving yards. Teammate Stefon Diggs is next at 6/1. The highest Eagles on the list are Zach Ertz and Alshon Jeffery, tied at 8/1. Nelson Agholor comes next at 10/1.

• In terms of rushing yards, the order goes: Leonard Fournette, Dion Lewis, Jay Ajayi, Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon.

• John DeFilippo is 4/1 to be named the Titans' next head coach, trailing only Mike Vrabel (3/1).