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Redskins' RG3 practices, feeling 'really good'

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Redskins' RG3 practices, feeling 'really good'

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Three days after spraining his knee, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was just a little gimpy on the practice field and very cagey behind the microphone

He likes his chances of playing Sunday, but he and coach Mike Shanahan want to keep the Cleveland Browns guessing as long as possible.

Wearing his No. 10 jersey and a black knee brace underneath his sweatpants on a chilly day, Griffin high-stepped and moved laterally with barely a hitch as he stretched, then favored his right leg during throwing drills as the Redskins began on-field preparations for this week's game.

``Sunday night, I thought there was probably no chance that I could play the next week,'' Griffin said. ``And then Monday morning, I felt better about it. Yesterday, I felt better about it. And today I feel really good about it, so it just depends on if I continue to progress the way I am.''

So, to cut to the case, Griffin was asked if he expects to play Sunday.

``I can't tell you all that,'' he answered. ``First, I don't want to give the Cleveland Browns a competitive advantage. And I don't want to let anybody down, so I don't want to say that I'll be playing and end up not playing.''

Griffin has a mild sprain of the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee, a favorable diagnosis considering the scary hit to his leg from defensive tackle Haloti Ngata at the end of a scramble late in regulation in Washington's 31-28 overtime victory over the Baltimore Ravens.

``I was the happiest guy in the world on Monday to be blessed with the injury that I did have,'' Griffin said, ``after looking at it so many times.''

Still, the Redskins (7-6), who have won four straight to move within a game of the first-place New York Giants in the NFC East, are trying their best to keep Griffin's status shrouded in mystery. They closed practice to the media after 20 minutes, in compliance with NFL rules. And even Griffin - who at one point waved to reporters watching his every move - admitted that there was a public relations aspect to his participation.

``Coming out here and doing what I did in practice, it's kind of a showcase for you guys to see me move around, and that I'm not on crutches or limping or anything like that,'' Griffin said. ``But it's also for (my teammates) to see that I'm OK, and if I do step out there between those lines that they don't have to worry about me.''

Griffin was officially listed as ``limited'' in practice, and neither he nor backup Kirk Cousins would say who took most of the work with the starting offense.

``I was advised not to comment on the rep distribution,'' Cousins said. ``So I'm sorry, but I'm not going to say anything along those lines, just to protect my team and give us the best chance to win on Sunday.''

Shanahan was also naturally vague about his No. 2 overall draft pick.

``I was impressed with how he worked and what he did,'' the coach said. ``We'll see at the end of the week if he's full-speed and ready to go. And if he is, he'll play.''

Shanahan was asked if he plans to string out the announcement as long as possible, even if he already knows who will start.

``Probably,'' he said with a smile. ``Why did you ask that silly question?''

Griffin did offer some insight into the factors that will help determine whether he will play. He said he wants to be able to make ``instinctive moves without thinking about it'' and that he was able to accomplish that to some extent Wednesday.

Griffin also said planting and throwing is ``not a problem'' and that it has become much easier to walk up and down steps as the leg loosens up and the swelling goes down.

``If I can give the team the best chance to win, then I'll play,'' Griffin said. ``And if I can ensure my safety out there and my health and my career, then I'll go out there and play. And if not, then I won't.''

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Ravens agree to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst

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Ravens agree to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst

The Ravens have their entire 2018 draft class locked up.

The team agreed to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Hurst's rookie contract - like all first-round picks - is a four-year deal with a team option of a fifth year. According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the 25th overall pick is due $11.1 million. 

The 24-year old, who was a walk on at South Carolina at 21-years old after being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012, finished his three-year career with 100 receptions, 1,281 yards and three touchdowns.

Standing at 6-foot-3, Hurst will be a nice addition to the TE corps with Nick Boyle and third-round draft pick Mark Andrews. 

Fellow first-round pick Lamar Jackson signed his rookie contract on June 5th.

Training camp kicks off for the Ravens July 19th. 

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Ravens experimenting with getting Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson on field at same time

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Ravens experimenting with getting Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson on field at same time

Since drafting Lamar Jackson, the Ravens have made it clear that Joe Flacco is their starter. That doesn't mean they're not experimenting with having them both on the field at the same time, however. 

During this week's minicamp, the team has been lining Jackson up at multiple positions. 

"Gosh, I sure like him out there helping us," coach John Harbaugh said of Jackson during Tuesday's minicamp, via ESPN.com.

"If you put two quarterbacks on the field at once, what options does it create for our offense? That's what we're trying to figure out."

While at Louisville, Jackson rushed for 4,132 yards and 50 touchdowns in three seasons. That's more rushing yards than No. 2 overall pick Saquon Barkley. That unique skill set could be the creative options the Ravens are looking for. 

While at the NFL Combine, however, Jackson refused to workout at any other position than QB. 

"I have a lot of fun seeing what they come up with and what they're going to come up with next," Jackson said. "We'll see where it goes. You have to use your good players."

The Ravens are already viewing Jackson as one of those 'good players.' 

"Once he gets out of the pocket, it's like watching a young Michael Vick," LB C.J. Mosley said after minicamp practice. "It's amazing to watch. When you're defending him, you just have to act like you're tagging off -- you don't want to be on the highlight reel."

Harbaugh has alluded to the fact that the rookie will be active on game days, just exactly how they get the most out of him is what's in play.

"There's a lot of considerations that go into that," Harbaugh said of using two QBs at the once. "Everybody has an opinion. I've read a few. You want to find a way to get the most out of all your guys."

While Flacco isn't the fasted QB in the league, he has shown glimpses of running ability in the past. Figuring out how to utilize Flacco when Jackson is under center is where things will get interesting.

Interesting - as long as it works - is what Ravens fans have been searching for over the last several seasons. 

"Joe has to be able to do other things if [Jackson is] throwing the ball," Harbaugh said. "It gets the creative juices flowing for our offensive coaches, and they've worked hard on that."

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