ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Mike Shanahan gave Robert Griffin III a rest, and may have turned up the pressure on himself, too.
The Redskins' coach announced Wednesday that he was benching the star quarterback for the rest of the season. Kirk Cousins will start, and Griffin will be the inactive No. 3 quarterback behind Rex Grossman.
Shanahan said he is benching Griffin to keep the quarterback healthy for the offseason, pointing out the 24 sacks and other hits Griffin has taken over the last five games. He said he ran the idea by owner Dan Snyder and general manager Bruce Allen, and that both offered their support.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Quarterback Jay Cutler looks just about ready to play for the Chicago Bears. For linebacker Lance Briggs, the wait might go on.
Coach Marc Trestman is optimistic Cutler will return from an ankle injury this week against the Cleveland Browns. He was set to work with the receivers after Wednesday's walkthrough, and Trestman said the Bears will know Thursday if he's ready to start.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The Baltimore Ravens have placed wide receiver Brandon Stokley on injured reserve, ending his season.
Stokley sustained a concussion in Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings. He has had multiple concussions over his 15-year career, and the Ravens determined after testing that the 37-year-old would not be able to return anytime soon.
(AP) -- Almost once a game, an NFL player absorbs an illegal blow to the head or neck that could put his career - or worse - at risk.
The NFL has been trying to prevent such blows over the past four years, targeting improper technique and making a point to penalize and fine players for hits that leave them and their opponents vulnerable. Yet an Associated Press review of penalties through the first 11 weeks of the season found those hits are still prevalent.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have activated rookie defensive back Jonathan Meeks off the injured reserve/designated for return list.
The move on Tuesday came on the first day Meeks was eligible to be activated after missing eight weeks with a sprained right ankle. Meeks was a fifth-round pick out of Clemson, and had appeared in Buffalo's first six games.