Quarterback Robert Griffin III could be cleared to play in the regular season when he meets with his surgeon Thursday night.
Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Tuesday that Griffin will meet with Dr. James Andrews while the Redskins are in Florida for their final preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“I know Dr. Andrews will sit down and evaluate Robert and probably just give us his recommendation,” Shanahan said.
Even if Andrews gives the thumbs-up, the final decision on whether Griffin plays in the Sept. 9 opener rests with the coach. Shanahan has said that even if Griffin is medically ready, the coach could see something in practice that might give him pause.
Andrews cleared Griffin for practice before the start of training camp but has yet to give the OK for the quarterback to play in games. Andrews examined Griffin again before the Aug. 19 home preseason game and “felt very good” about Griffin’s progress, according to Shanahan.
Harris out for season
Green Bay Packers starting running back DuJuan Harris is out for the year after injuring his right knee last week against the Seahawks. Harris said Tuesday he hurt the patella tendon and hoped to have surgery soon as he heads to injured reserve status. He hurt the same knee during the offseason.
Around the league
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain will miss at least the first six weeks of the regular season as he recovers from a bruised spinal cord. … Tennessee Titans veteran receiver Kevin Walter will miss the first six weeks of the season recovering from back surgery. … Denver safety Quinton Carter landed on season-ending injured reserve for the second year in a row with a knee problem. … Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart will miss at least the first six weeks of the season while he recovers from an ankle injury. … Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jay Ratliff will miss at least the first six games of the season after being placed on the physically unable to perform list with hamstring and groin injuries. … The Cincinnati Bengals placed fullback Chris Pressley and quarterback Zac Robinson on the physically unable to perform list. … The Arizona Cardinals signed tight end Richard Quinn. … … The New York Jets signed kicker Dan Carpenter to compete with incumbent Nick Folk, and released Billy Cundiff. … Veteran guard Lance Louis was among nine players cut by the Miami Dolphins. Rookie linebacker Dion Jordan returned to practice after being sidelined by a lingering shoulder injury.
Saints add linebacker in trade
The San Francisco 49ers traded outside linebacker Parys Haralson to the New Orleans Saints, who will receive an undisclosed 2014 draft pick in return. Haralson must pass a physical in New Orleans for the trade to become official.