Mercifully, it’s almost over. We’ve monitored every twitch of Robert Griffin III’s knee for two weeks, and now he’s officially listed as probable after going full speed for the third straight day in practice.
So we can end this, right? We can just assume Griffin is playing, slot him in, and never speak of this week again, yes? Well, that pretty much sounds like what head coach Mike Shanahan is doing.
From the Washington Post:
“When I say ‘probable,’ there’s a very, very good chance he’s going to play,” Shanahan said following Griffin’s third consecutive day of full participation in practice. “It doesn’t look like there’s any setbacks with him. But if something crazy happened, obviously, we would know before the game. But talking to him after practice, he’s fine.”
Shanahan had maintained all week that Griffin’s clearance to play was up to the team’s doctors as they closely observed the quarterback for any swelling in the knee that he injured two weeks ago against Baltimore.
Shanahan said that he expected to receive official word from the doctors later on Friday, but that in all likelihood, Griffin will play.
“If I put him as probable, it’s 98 percent, so that’s pretty good. I know I’m not a doctor,” Shanahan said with a chuckle, “but he took all the reps today.”
Aha! See, what IF something crazy happens? Like what if RG3 is out tomorrow night, minding his own business while walking his dog, when suddenly a giant sea creature emerges from the deep and eats him whole!
Or what about death by chickens? Surely they’ll get their revenge someday.
Yeah, he’s playing.
Look out, here comes more hurt…
- Justin Smith (elbow): Officially, the 49ers defensive end is listed as doubtful, which is wonderful news for Russell Wilson owners. But Jim Harbaugh was a little more optimistic when speaking to the media, calling Smith questionable. Even if Smith is inactive, Wilson has a poor matchup Sunday night, and he should be benched in most formats. [PFT]
- Alex Green (concussion): Green missed his third straight practice, but the Packers still aren’t ruling him out. However, it’s increasingly unlikely that we get a Green sighting this week, meaning the truly desperate among you should turn your attention to Ryan Grant if you’re looking for a flex play in the Green Bay backfield. [Bob McGinn]
- Sidney Rice (knee): Head coach Pete Carroll said that Rice will most likely play, but the Sunday night start time of the Seahawks-49ers game complicates matters. Rice’s matchup is far less than satisfactory anyway, so he’s not nearly worth the risk that comes with a prime time start, long after the rest of your options played earlier in the day. [John Boyle]
- Ray Lewis (triceps): The Ravens will wait until Sunday to make a final decision, but Lewis will reportedly attempt to play. Lewis is somewhere on the downward slope after his prime, especially after such a serious injury. But he’s still a significant presence, and potentially another worry for those who own Ahmad Bradshaw or David Wilson. [Baltimore Sun]
- Torrey Smith (concussion): Elsewhere in Baltimore, Bernard Pollard remains out, but Smith is likely to play. He was limited in practice all week and he still has to pass one more baseline test tomorrow before he’s given clearance. As always, Smith is the epitome of the boom/bust wide receiver, so treat him as such. [Baltimore Sun]
- Jordy Nelson (hamstring): Sigh. A wasted fantasy season comes to an end for a receiver who widely came off the board in the early rounds. Nelson is out again this week, as he’ll miss his three straight game, and his fourth game overall. [Tyler Dunne]