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NFL notebook: Rodgers waiting for OK to play

Associated Press

Aaron Rodgers took some first-team snaps in practice Wednesday, though the Packers quarterback still hasn’t been cleared to play in a game.

If that stands through the rest of week, backup Matt Flynn is back in for Rodgers when Green Bay visits the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Tight end Andrew Quarless said Wednesday that Rodgers took some reps with the starters. Rodgers has been sidelined since fracturing his left collarbone in a loss Nov. 4 to the Bears.

Flynn helped Green Bay snap its five-game winless slide without Rodgers when he threw for 258 yards and a touchdown in a 22-21 win Sunday over Atlanta.

Griffin to rest for 2014

Mike Shanahan gave Robert Griffin III a rest, and might have turned up the pressure on himself. The Redskins’ coach said 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’s reasoning is that he fears Griffin, who has taken a pounding in recent weeks, will get hurt, and that would ruin the franchise player’s offseason — a reversal of Shanahan’s oft-stated position that Griffin needed as much game experience as possible. Griffin is taking a pounding — 24 sacks over the last five games — but both coach and quarterback say he is healthy enough to play.

Peterson takes off boot

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson shed the walking boot on his sprained right foot, but he wasn’t ready for practice Wednesday. He probably won’t participate until Friday at the earliest, and coach Leslie Frazier said he’s more optimistic about the condition of backup Toby Gerhart than he is with Peterson. Gerhart’s hamstring injury will likely keep him from practicing until Friday.

Around the league

The Cowboys activated defensive end Edgar Jones (groin) off short-term injured reserve and he could return Sunday. … New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie (concussion) and wide receiver Stephen Hill didn’t practice, and both might not play Sunday at Carolina. … The Seattle Seahawks placed backup strong safety Jeron Johnson (hamstring) on injured reserve and re-signed cornerback Perrish Cox.


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