NFL notebook: 'Very, very good chance' RG3 starts for Redskins
BY Associated Press
Saturday, December 22, 2012
12/22/12 at 5:38 AM
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Or, as coach Mike Shanahan put it: "There is a very, very good chance he is going to play."
Griffin went through a full practice Friday for the third straight day after missing last week's win over the Cleveland Browns with a sprained right knee.
Fellow rookie Kirk Cousins filled in, making his first career start in a 38-21 victory.
Kaeding signs with Miami: Former Pro Bowl kicker Nate Kaeding has signed with the Miami Dolphins, who placed kicker Dan Carpenter on injured reserve because of a right groin injury.
Kaeding joined the Dolphins on Friday. Carpenter, who went 22-for-27 on field-goal tries this season, first appeared on the injury report Thursday.
Kaeding is the most accurate field-goal kicker in NFL history at 87 percent (180-of-207), and he made the Pro Bowl in 2006 and 2009. He had been a free agent since he was released from injured reserve by the San Diego Chargers on Oct. 30.
State, Bills reach stadium deal: The Buffalo Bills have reached an agreement with Erie County and the state on a lease deal for the Ralph Wilson Stadium that will keep the NFL franchise in western New York until at least 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and team officials said Friday.
The agreement includes $130 million in renovations for the nearly 40-year-old stadium in Orchard Park, with the Bills providing $35 million and the state and county covering the other $95 million.
Cuomo told a packed news conference at the team's headquarters in Orchard Park that the lease keeps the Bills in Orchard Park at least through the first seven years of the 10-year pact. The team would have to pay a $400 million penalty to leave earlier.
Jaguars' Jones-Drew ruled out: Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew will miss his ninth consecutive game because of a foot injury.
Coach Mike Mularkey ruled Jones-Drew out Friday, but says he is hopeful MJD will be able to play in next week's season finale at Tennessee.
Backup running back Rashad Jennings also was ruled out for Sunday's game against New England (10-4). Jennings passed his concussion test but has a shoulder injury and missed practice all week. Montell Owens will make his third consecutive start.
Bears' Urlacher to miss third straight game: Linebacker Brian Urlacher will miss his third straight game because of a hamstring injury when the Chicago Bears visit the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
The eight-time Pro Bowl pick was officially ruled out on Friday. He has not played since Dec. 2.
Falcons safety fined for hit on Cruz: Strong safety Chris Hope of the Atlanta Falcons has been fined $30,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz.
Falcons wide receiver Roddy White and Giants cornerback Corey Webster were fined $7,875 apiece for a skirmish during the game.