NFL notebook: RG3's doctors optimistic after knee surgery
BY Associated Press
Thursday, January 10, 2013
1/10/13 at 3:22 AM
The doctor who performed the knee surgery on Robert Griffin III says it is "everybody's hope and belief" that the Washington Redskins quarterback will be ready for the 2013 season.
Orthopedist James Andrews said Wednesday that Griffin "had a direct repair" of the lateral collateral ligament and "a re-do of his previous ACL reconstruction."
Andrews says he expects a full recovery because of Griffin's "high motivation."
Griffin reinjured his knee in Sunday's playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He previously tore the ACL in the same knee while playing for Baylor in 2009.
Seattle signs Longwell, Chukwurah: The Seattle Seahawks have signed veteran kicker Ryan Longwell and defensive end Patrick Chukwurah after placing Steven Hauschka and Chris Clemons on injured reserve.
Neither Longwell nor Chukwurah has played in the NFL this season. Longwell last kicked for Minnesota during the 2011 season, when he made 22-of-28 attempts.
Chukwurah has not played in an NFL game since 2007 with Tampa Bay.
Clemons suffered a torn ACL and meniscus in his left knee in Sunday's win over Washington, while Hauschka suffered a calf strain.
Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Hauschka was feeling better but his availability for the rest of the playoffs was unclear.
Source says Browns interviewed Chudzinski: Rob Chudzinski might get a third shot at coaching the Browns. Maybe this time as the head man.
A person familiar with the meeting said Chudzinski, Carolina's offensive coordinator the past two seasons, interviewed Wednesday with the Browns. Chudzinski had two previous stints as an assistant with Cleveland, the team he rooted for as a kid growing up in Toledo, Ohio.
Chudzinski visited the team's facility in Berea, said the source. Chudzinski's interview comes one day after the Browns met with another former assistant, Marc Trestman, currently coach of the CFL's Montreal Alouettes.
The 44-year-old Chudzinski has spent the past two seasons with the Panthers working with quarterback Cam Newton. Carolina finished fifth in total offense in 2011 and 12th last season under Chudzinski.
Colts VP Telesco hired as Chargers' GM: The San Diego Chargers have hired Tom Telesco from the Indianapolis Colts to replace fired general manager A.J. Smith. Telesco has been vice president of football operations for the Colts.
His first task with the Chargers will be to help select a new coach to replace Norv Turner, who was fired along with Smith on Dec. 31 after the Chargers missed the playoffs for the third straight season.
Telesco beat out Jimmy Raye, the Chargers' director of player personnel.
Panthers hire Giants' Gettleman as GM: The Carolina Panthers have hired New York Giants senior pro personnel analyst David Gettleman as their new general manager.
Gettleman replaces longtime Panthers GM Marty Hurney, who was fired six games into the season.
Bears sign Eldridge: The Chicago Bears have signed tight end Brody Eldridge to a reserve/future contract.
Eldridge was inactive for four games with the Bears this season after appearing in 27 games and making 16 starts for Indianapolis the previous two seasons. He was drafted in the fifth round by the Colts out of Oklahoma in 2010.
Houston 19, Cincinnati 13
Green Bay 24, Minnesota 10
Baltimore 24, Indianapolis 9
Seattle 24, Washington 14
Baltimore at Denver, 3:30 p.m. (KOTV-6)
Green Bay at San Francisco, 7 p.m. (KOKI-5/23)
Seattle at Atlanta, noon (KOKI-5/23)
Houston at New England, 3:30 p.m. (KOTV-6)