It’s time for RG3’s latest comeback.
One of the NFL’s most dynamic playmakers — and personalities — is set to return Sunday, and the rest of the season could go far in determining his future in the league. Washington Redskins Coach Jay Gruden made it all but official Thursday when he said he has “every intent” of starting Robert Griffin III against the Minnesota Vikings.
“All systems look like they’re go,” Gruden said.
Gruden said Griffin is fully recovered from a dislocated left ankle suffered in Week 2 and that the third-year quarterback took most of the first-team snaps in practice ahead of Colt McCoy, who started Monday night’s upset win over the Dallas Cowboys.
“We feel he’s at 100% physically right now,” Gruden said of Griffin. “But we still have another day left and to make sure that’s the case. All the doctors are on board, the trainers are on board, as far as physically, he looks great.”
Hardy’s trial postponed
A person familiar with the situation says Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy’s domestic violence appeal trial set for Nov. 17 has been postponed until after the NFL season, meaning his career with Carolina could be over.
The person said the new trial date has not been set. The person told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the decision has not been publicly announced.
The Panthers placed Hardy on the exempt-commissioner’s permission list on Sept. 17 after he was convicted in July of assault on a female and communicating threats.
The NFL and the Panthers have said Hardy would not play until after his trial was resolved, although he is still collecting $13.1 million this season as Carolina’s franchise player.
Lewan pleads guilty
Tennessee Titans rookie Taylor Lewan pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly in a plea deal that will put him on probation for a confrontation last year involving an Ohio State fan.
Lewan, a former Michigan offensive tackle, was accused of hitting the fan outside a bar, hours after the Buckeyes beat the Wolverines in Ann Arbor last season, 42-41. He was originally charged with aggravated assault and assault and battery against two people.
Lewan, 23, instead pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors and agreed to pay $1,714 in restitution, mostly medical bills. He said his brother was involved in a “confrontation” and he joined the angry crowd.
“I had been drinking. I was intoxicated,” Lewan told the judge.
The San Diego Chargers will be without rookie cornerback Jason Verrett for at least one game and probably longer with a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Verrett originally hurt his shoulder in a victory at Oakland on Oct. 12 and aggravated it in a loss at Denver last Thursday night. ... Miami Dolphins Coach Joe Philbin missed practice Thursday because of a family matter while the team prepared for its game Sunday against San Diego. Philbin’s absence was expected to be brief. ... Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce made it through his third straight day of practice, making it more likely he will return from a sports hernia injury Sunday against the Houston Texans.