Robert Griffin III Not Ruled Out, and More NFC East News

Brad Gagnon@Brad_Gagnon NFL National ColumnistDecember 12, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 09:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins waits between plays during a game against the Baltimore Ravens at FedExField on December 9, 2012 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Washington Redskins fans might have panicked when it appeared Pierre Garcon let the cat out of the bag that Kirk Cousins would start Sunday's game in Cleveland in a recent interview with ESPN, but the Redskins have yet to rule Robert Griffin III out.

"A person familiar with the Redskins' planning" has told Mark Maske of the Washington Post that nothing has changed since head coach Mike Shanahan announced on Monday that there was "definitely" a chance RG3 could suit up despite a Grade 1 sprain to the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee.

This truly seems like a 50-50 shot right now. We've heard from parties that strongly believe Griffin will play and others that aren't so sure. We'll get a better grip on Griffin's status when the team returns to the practice field today.

And you can be sure that we'll be updating that status throughout the remainder of the week. 

Related: Can the Redskins trust Kirk Cousins? Washington must play it safe with RG3



On to what else is being talked about in the league's most popular division...

Dallas Cowboys

From's Calvin Watkins: Dez Bryant, who is somehow the second-most popular injured player in the NFC East, is visiting a doctor about his busted index finger today.

From Carlos Mendez of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Jerry Jones doesn't seem too frazzled by his dust-up with Jay Ratliff.



New York Giants

From Newsday's Tom Rock: Antrel Rolle says the Giants' defense will stay nasty.

From ESPN 98.7 via Jorge Castillo of the Newark Star-Ledger: Osi Umenyiora says the Giants are the best team in football.



Philadelphia Eagles

From's Tim McManus: Nnamdi Asomugha injured Jeremy Maclin during a celebration in the most Eagles-like development of the 2012 season.

From CSN Philly's John Gonzalez: Philadelphia won't be so lucky Thursday night against Cincinnati's balanced defense. 



Washington Redskins

From Mike Wise of the Washington Post: Robert Griffin III shouldn't play Sunday against the Browns.

From Rich Tandler of Real Redskins: Is this a trap game for Washington?