Robert Griffin III or Colt McCoy to start next week for Washington

Robert Griffin III or Colt McCoy to start next week for Washington
Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy, left, stands with quarterback Robert Griffin III, center, and Coach Jay Gruden during Sunday's win over the Tennessee Titans. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press)

If Robert Griffin III is completely ready, he'll start for the Washington Redskins against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night.

If he's not, Colt McCoy — rather than Kirk Cousins — will be Washington's quarterback.


"Robert has to, first of all, be honest with himself and how he's feeling," Redskins Coach Jay Gruden said Monday.

Griffin, the 2012 offensive rookie of the year, has been sidelined since dislocating his left ankle in Week 2 against Jacksonville.

"I wouldn't rule him out. He's got a ways to go to show that he can play, show that that ankle's 100%. That's the big thing," Gruden said. "

Cousins, who took over as the starter during Griffin's absence, was benched at halftime after his 10th and 11th turnovers of the season, and McCoy led the comeback that ended a four-game losing streak for the Redskins (2-5).

A series of decisions will need to be made for Griffin to return. First, the team trainer and doctors will need to give the go-ahead.

Then Griffin will need to say OK, after figuring out, according to Gruden, "Can he cut without pain? Can he run without pain? Is he full speed? Is it sturdy enough?"

"And if he says, 'Yes,' then I have to feel comfortable about putting Robert out there in the game," Gruden explained.

If McCoy begins the game against NFC East leader Dallas (6-1), it would be his first NFL start since December 2011, when he was with the Cleveland Browns.

Bills backs hurt

The one-two punch in the Buffalo Bills offensive backfield just got knocked out.

Running back C.J. Spiller is out indefinitely — and could miss the rest of the season — after having surgery Monday to repair an injury to his collarbone. And co-starter Fred Jackson revealed during his weekly radio show on Buffalo's WGR that he could miss up to four weeks with a groin injury.

Both players were hurt about 10 minutes apart in the first half of a 17-16 win over Minnesota on Sunday

The injuries leave Buffalo (4-3) turning to backups Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown to carry the load for the near future.

The Bills visit the New York Jets (1-6) on Sunday before entering their bye week.

Harvin looks ahead

Percy Harvin has been called lots of things during his NFL career.

Talented but injury prone. Explosive on the field and combustible off.

The New York Jets' newest wide receiver doesn't deny he has had some issues. But he also wants to be judged from what he does starting now, not just his checkered past.

"I'm definitely not a perfect person," Harvin said after his first practice with his new team Monday. "I have a lot of things that I wish I could have done a little differently. But I'm moving forward. I'm learning from those lessons.

"I'm happy to be here right now and looking to make the most out of it," he said.

The Jets and Seattle Seahawks completed a deal Saturday in which New York sent a conditional draft pick to Seattle for Harvin. Jets General Manager John Idzik thought the potential payoff in acquiring a player with Harvin's type of versatility and game-breaking skills outweighed the risks involved.

Harvin, 26, has played in 60 games with only 47 career starts. He was traded from Minnesota to the Seahawks in 2013 for a 2013 first-round and seventh-round draft choice and a 2014 third-rounder, but appeared in just one regular-season game in 2013 because of hip surgery. But Harvin ran back a second-half kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown in Seattle's 43-8 rout of Denver in the Super Bowl.


San Francisco 49ers center Daniel Kilgore is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery Tuesday on a fractured left ankle sustained in the third quarter of Sunday night's loss at Denver. Marcus Martin, a 20-year-old rookie third-round draft pick from USC, is the favorite to fill in for Kilgore. ... Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo will miss the rest of the season because he needs surgery on a torn right pectoral muscle. Orakpo is a three-time Pro Bowl selection. Rookie linebacker Trent Murphy, a second-round pick out of Stanford, will start in Orakpo's spot Monday night. ... The Atlanta Falcons placed center Peter Konz on injured reserve with a left knee injury. Konz is Atlanta's fourth starting offensive lineman to suffer a season-ending injury. .. The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without leading tackler Paul Posluszny for the rest of the season. Posluszny tore a pectoral muscle during Sunday's 24-6 win against Cleveland. Defensive end Andre Branch is expected to miss six weeks with a groin injury. ... The St. Louis Rams have released wide receiver Austin Pettis, citing roster concerns elsewhere.