The Washington Redskins got past the Cleveland Browns last week with their rookie quarterback not named Robert Griffin III, but they will want him back for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Luckily, they're likely to get just that.
The Washington Post reported yesterday that Griffin participated fully in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, so it seems likely Griffin will take the field in Philadelphia.
"If there’s no setback, doctors feel that he’ll be ready to go,” Shanahan told the Post after Thursday’s practice. “There was no setback today, so that’s a good sign.”
Staying in Philadelphia, LeSean McCoy will return to the Eagles lineup after suffering a concussion in Week 11, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. This ends speculation that McCoy would sit out the rest of the season in an effort to protect him against further injury.
The Eagles have come under fire this season for not giving McCoy enough carries, so there's still a chance it could end up being another quiet day for Shady.
In New England, Patriots fans were preparing for the return of Rob Gronkowski, but despite participating in practice, it appears the tight end will prolong his stay on the sidelines this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Shalise M. Young of the Boston Globe broke the news on Twitter today:
Rob Gronkowski will not play on Sunday in Jacksonville, according to a league source
— shalise manza young (@shalisemyoung) December 21, 2012
It's understandable that the Pats will want to keep Gronkowski for the playoffs. It's safe to say the Jaguars will struggle to compete anyway, so Belichick is being smart here.
Brandon Marshall hasn't missed a game in two years, so it's unlikely that he'll sit out this week's game against the Arizona Cardinals.
However, he missed part of Thursday's practice with a hamstring injury, and as CBSSports.com pointed out, the last time Marshall missed playing time, it was due to hamstring problems.
The same report also stated that Shea McClellin (knee), WR Earl Bennett (concussion), CB Tim Jennings (shoulder), DT Henry Melton (collarbone) and LB Geno Hayes were all limited participants in Thursday's practice.
The New York Giants need to keep pace with both the Redskins and Dallas Cowboys in order to make a postseason run, so they will be heartened by Ahmad Bradshaw's return to practice.
A report by Jorge Castillo at The Star-Ledger states that the running back was back in contention for Sunday's clash with the Baltimore Ravens. Also returning to practice were center David Baas and right tackle Chris Snee, both recovering from hip problems. Baas had also suffered a shoulder injury.
The bad news for the Giants was that defensive end Justin Tuck missed his third straight practice as he struggles to come back from another shoulder injury.
The Ravens are waiting on the return of their own defensive force. Ray Lewis is still on the inured reserve list, but Edward Lee of The Baltimore Sun reported that he has been present in all practices open to the media, as he was last week.
If Lewis feels he can play, he'll be back on the field. However, as much as the Ravens need his strength out there, it's a risky decision. Defensive coordinator Dean Pees spoke to Lee about Lewis' chances:
It’d be great to have him back. I said that a couple weeks ago when we first started kind of seeing him come back. I’d love to have him back. I think it’d be a great emotional lift. But more than that, we could use some bodies in there, too, at linebacker. We’ll just have to wait and see whatever they say is a go, but we’d love to have him back.
Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White sat out practice on Wednesday but re-joined the team on Thursday, according to ESPN.com. White was able to play in the 34-0 beatdown of the Giants last week, and the ESPN report states that there were no postgame setbacks reported.
Expect White to be back on the field again this week.