Friday's roundup: Griffin concussed, expected to play
Landover, Md. — Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a concussion during his team's 21-17 exhibition victory over Detroit Thursday night, but a team executive told ESPN's Britt McHenry on Friday that Griffin "is fine" and that he expects him to play next Saturday.
"But (we) still need to make sure he is right."
The Lions sacked the quarterback three times in a little more than a quarter and he was hit after almost every pass play, the last of which ended his night. Griffin started to run on the play and lost the ball. When he dropped to recover it, Lions defensive lineman Corey Wootton fell on Griffin's head.
Griffin lay on the ground for several minutes before walking off under his own power.
"We'll have to wait and see," coach Jay Gruden said. "I would imagine, depending on how long he is out, he is still going to be our starter. We have to wait and go through the whole process and see how he recovers, see how fast he recovers. I have no idea as far as third preseason game, fourth one, right now."
Griffin also suffered a stinger, but Gruden said his shoulder is OK.
Washington plays in Baltimore on Aug. 29.
McCown still quarterback
Browns coach Mike Pettine said that the Browns' depth chart at quarterback remains unchanged with Josh McCown on top, despite the fact that backup Johnny Manziel threw a touchdown pass and made a sensational play in an 11-10 exhibition loss to the Bills.
Manziel finished 10-of-18 for 118 yards.
"We feel good about where Johnny is as the No. 2 and we feel good about where Josh is with the No. 1," Pettine said. "Our thoughts on the quarterback picture are the same this morning as they were going into last night."
McCown didn't duck criticism following the 11-10 loss, calling his second game with the Browns "not good" and "not the standard I want to play at."
But the Browns still believe the likable 12-year veteran is their best current option even though Pettine has yet to name his starter for the Sept. 13 season opener against the New York Jets.
McCown will not miss any practice time after hurting the ring finger on his throwing hand.
The Browns have more than a week to get ready and healthy for their exhibition at Tampa Bay. It will be a homecoming of sorts for McCown, who went 1-10 last season as the Buccaneers starter.
Jones leery of 49ers' field
Dallas owner Jerry Jones suggested Friday that the Cowboys could sit quarterback Tony Romo and other starters for an exhibition game in San Francisco over concerns with the troublesome turf at Levi's Stadium.
Jones made his comments in a radio interview a day after coach Jason Garrett said, "I'm confident that the league will make sure that field is safe for everybody to play or we won't play the game."
The outspoken Jones later softened his remarks when he met with reporters, saying he has "such respect for what that organization is and what they are going to get done."
The Cowboys and 49ers play Sunday night.
San Francisco coach Jim Tomsula moved some practices out of the stadium early in training camp after large chunks of sod came loose. There were similar issues when the stadium debuted last season.
(At) Kansas City 14, Seattle 13: Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Chiefs counterpart Alex Smith struggled behind their unsettled offensive lines in Kansas City's victory.
Wilson was 9-of-15 for 78 yards, though most of those completions came on his final drive, when tight end Jimmy Graham finally got involved in the game. Otherwise, Wilson spent his half of work running away from Chiefs pass rushers Justin Houston and Dee Ford.
At least he wasn't throwing to the wrong team.
Smith was pressured so much in the first half that he began rushing his throws, and one of them was picked off by Bobby Wagner. The Seattle linebacker returned it untouched 25 yards for a touchdown that gave the Seahawks a 10-7 halftime lead.
Smith finished 11-of-18 for 81 yards with a touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin.
(At) N.Y. Jets 30, Atlanta 22: Matt Ryan was sharp for the second straight exhibition game, leading the Falcons to touchdowns in both of his offensive series.
Ryan finished 4-of-5 for 75 yards, including a 60-yard completion to fullback Collin Mooney, and a 2-yard touchdown toss to Leonard Hankerson. Rookie Terron Ward also had a 4-yard TD run for Atlanta (1-1), which carved up the New York starting defense.
Meanwhile, Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets' offensive starters were sluggish until facing Falcons backups midway through the second quarter. New York (1-1) was sparked by the defense on a safety by first-round pick Leonard Williams.
Chris Ivory followed less than two minutes later with a 33-yard TD run, and Fitzpatrick found Brandon Marshall for a 2-point conversion that cut New York's deficit to 14-10.
The Vikings, already bound for a glitzy new stadium, said they could have another move in store — to the former headquarters of Northwest Airlines in Eagan, Minn.
The football team's ownership announced the signing of a purchase agreement for a 185-acre property that could become its headquarters and training facility. The team did not disclose the price.
The Vikings main off-the-field presence for more than 30 years has been Winter Park in Eden Prairie. But chief operating officer Kevin Warren said the team has outgrown the venerable practice facility, known for its Viking ship outside.
... Washington acquired tight end Derek Carrier from San Francisco for an undisclosed draft choice — after losing Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen to season-ending injuries.
Carrier played in 11 games for the 49ers last season, his third in the league, making nine catches for 105 yards.
Washington also lost special teams player Adam Hayward for the season with a torn ACL.
... Steelers rookie cornerback Senquez Golson underwent shoulder surgery and is out indefinitely.
... The Colts signed offensive lineman Harland Gunn and waived undrafted rookie receiver L.T. Smith. The 6-foot-2, 310-pound guard played in 13 games with the Falcons over the past two seasons and was in training camp with New England this season.