ASHBURN, Va. – Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that Robert Griffin III has a mild sprain of a ligament in the right knee and hasn’t been ruled out for the upcoming game against the Cleveland Browns.
Shanahan said the injury is a Grade 1 sprain of the lateral collateral ligament on the outside of the knee, caused when the rookie quarterback was hit at the end of a scramble late in regulation in the Redskins’ 31-28 overtime win Sunday over the Baltimore Ravens.
Shanahan says Griffin has swelling and is receiving treatment daily.
He’s definitely not ruled out for the Cleveland game, Shanahan said.
The LCL is one of four ligaments in the knee. A Grade 1 sprain typically means the ligament is stretched or has minor tears.
Fellow rookie Kirk Cousins will start if Griffin can’t. Cousins threw a touchdown pass with 29 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and ran in the game-tying 2-point conversion after Griffin was hurt.
Ravens can Cameron
Cam Cameron has been fired as offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens, who have lost two straight and are still striving for consistency in the running and passing game.
Cameron, a former head coach at Indiana University, ran the team’s offense since the start of the 2008 season, when current coach Jim Harbaugh replaced Brian Billick. Since that time, the Ravens’ attack has repeatedly taken a back seat to the team’s defense.
49er suspended for social media rants
The San Francisco 49ers have suspended running back Brandon Jacobs for the final three games following a series of posts on social media sites addressing his lack of playing time, including one during the weekend saying he was on this team rotting away.
Jacobs became increasingly verbal in his frustration via social media during the weekend over a lack of playing time.
Coach Jim Harbaugh declined to address Jacobs’ comments, even when asked whether Jacobs is still on the team. He said he was invoking his Fifth Amendment right.
Around the league
Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler (neck) says he expects to play this week against Green Bay. Jacksonville Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey is out of the hospital and feeling fine after a brief stay that included tests. Mularkey showed up at the team facility and started feeling ill. He went to a team trainer, who took him to a hospital.
Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (rib) will miss this week’s game at Oakland. Buffalo running back Fred Jackson (knee) will miss the remainder of the season. The 49ers-Seahawks on Dec. 23 will be on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Oakland has reinstated linebacker Rolando McClain from the suspended list and promoted cornerback Chimdi Chekwa from the practice squad.