NFL notes: Seahawks are healthier than expected as they prepare to play the Cowboys

Seahawks cornerback Shaquill Griffin is helped off the field after sustaining an injury during the first half a game against the Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 30 in Seattle.
(Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)

The Seattle Seahawks expect to have starting cornerback Shaquill Griffin available for Saturday’s NFC wild-card game against Dallas, while starting guard J.R. Sweezy will be a game-time decision.

Seattle is a little healthier than it first appeared earlier in the week after wrapping up practice on Thursday. Griffin had missed two days of practice due to an ankle injury suffered in the first half of Seattle’s Week 17 win over Arizona. But he was absent from Seattle’s final injury report after being a full participant in Thursday’s practice.

Sweezy is the one question mark after injuring his foot in the first half of Week 16’s contest against Kansas City. Coach Pete Carroll has described the injury as being a three-to four-week recovery, but said Sweezy feels confident he’ll be able to play against the Cowboys.


The only player listed as doubtful for Seattle is fullback Tre Madden due to a hamstring injury.

In other NFL news:

— A person familiar with the decision has told the Associated Press that the Buffalo Bills have fired special teams coordinator Danny Crossman. The person spoke to The AP on the condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the move, which comes four days after Buffalo closed a 6-10 season.

— The NFL is partnering with Caesars Entertainment as its first official casino sponsor. The deal, however, does not include sports betting or fantasy football. The multiyear arrangement begins with this weekend’s playoffs and is worth $30 million a year for three years, a person with knowledge of the agreement tells The Associated Press.