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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Former NFL QB Tim Tebow to make bid at baseball career 08.09.16 at 8:05 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Yankees at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Indians at Nationals, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: UEFA Super Cup, Real Madrid vs. Sevilla, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: U.S. Open Cup semifinals, Fire at Revolution, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Olympics: Women’s water polo, United States vs. Spain, 10 a.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Men’s volleyball, United States vs. Italy, 1 p.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Women’s soccer, United States vs. Colombia, 5 p.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Swimming, women’s gymnastics, 8 p.m. (NBC)

AROUND THE WEB:

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— Tim Tebow is making another run at the pros — only this time, it will be baseball instead of football.

Tebow’s agents revealed to ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the former NFL quarterback has been working out the past year as an outfielder and plans to hold a tryout for major league teams later this month.

An all-state baseball player in Florida who hit .494 as a junior, Tebow has not played a full baseball season since his senior year of high school in 2005.

“Obviously we support Tim in his pursuit of a baseball career, as we have in all his ventures,” Tebow’s football agent, Jimmy Sexton, told Schefter.

“Tim’s athletic ability, his work ethic, his leadership and his competitiveness were evident in football and will show in baseball. Knowing Tim’s passion and desire, we won’t be surprised by anything he accomplishes.”

Tebow, who turns 29 Sunday, has been working as an analyst for ESPN, and he is expected to remain in that role during his baseball bid.

The Heisman Trophy winner as a sophomore at Florida in 2007, Tebow played for the Broncos and Jets before signing with the Patriots in 2013, but he never made it out of training camp.

— Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib practiced Monday for the first time since suffering a gunshot wound to his right leg on June 5 in an incident at a Dallas bar.

Taleb, who missed the first 10 days of training camp, was limited in practice, participating for about 35 minutes, but was excited to return to the field.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Bengals still upset with Steelers coaches for behavior in Saturday’s game 01.12.16 at 8:10 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Knicks, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Bulls at Bucks, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Pelicans at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: George Washington at UMass, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: DePaul at Xavier, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Kansas at West Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Miami at Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Mississippi State at Kentucky, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Tulane at South Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Davidson at Dayton, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Providence at Creighton, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Auburn at Vanderbilt, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Iowa State at Texas, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Maryland at Michigan, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: New Mexico at UNLV, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
NHL: Lightning at Avalanche, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Premier League, Manchester United at Newcastle, 3 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Bengals’ season is done, but their complaining is not. There are some lingering hard feelings after Saturday’s 18-16 loss to the rival Steelers, and much of the anger is directed at the Pittsburgh coaching staff.

Following a key play late in the game in which Vontaze Burfict was penalized for hitting Steelers receiver Antonio Brown in the head — Burfict, a repeat offender, on Monday received a three-game suspension from the league — Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones received another penalty for bumping an official while trying to get at Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter, who had walked onto the field. That helped set up the Steelers for their game-winning field goal.

Porter, who was no stranger to controversy when he played linebacker in the NFL for 13 seasons until 2011, remains the subject of some Bengals’ ire.

“I’ve got a ton of respect for those guys,” Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth said of the Steelers. “Joey Porter is not one of them. He’s not one of the guys I respect very much. He’s a guy that has always run his mouth. He’s always been disrespectful to people.”

Added Whitworth: “To me, Joey Porter just doesn’t have a lot of class. As a coach, there’s a different standard.”

In the first half, Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak picked up a penalty for grabbing the hair of Bengals safety Reggie Nelson during an altercation on the sideline.

“Coaches are supposed to be held to a higher standard when it comes to stuff like that,” Jones said. “Even with Mike Munchak grabbing Reggie’s hair. Thank God that wasn’t me. I wouldn’t have just walked away.”

The league said it is reviewing the conduct of the coaches and other players during the game and could consider further discipline.

— The Broncos, meanwhile, have their own issues with the Steelers as the teams prepare to meet Sunday in the divisional round in Denver.

During the teams’ meeting last month in Pittsburgh, Steelers center Cody Wallace approached a pile of players, left his feet and delivered a head-to-head hit on Broncos safety David Bruton Jr.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: RGIII loses out on starting QB job, but Washington denies trade rumors 09.01.15 at 8:10 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Yankees at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rays at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
Tennis: U.S. Open, 1 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Robert Griffin saga continues in Washington, as the team named Kirk Cousins its starter Monday amid reports that more members of the coaching staff and front office are ready to move on from the oft-injured RGIII.

Griffin did not help his cause when his Instagram account liked a post that criticized the team. Griffin blamed an intern for that embarrassment.

Wrote Griffin: I just wanted to set the record straight on this one. I did not “like” that IG post ridiculing our team. I have not been social media active consistently for awhile now and am ultra-focused on working to get back on the field and trying to help this team. One of our interns who helps with Instagram liked the post. As soon as I was made aware of it, it was immediately unliked. That is not how I feel and I appreciate your understanding.

According to an ESPN report, team ownership is resisting trading RGIII. The story also indicates there have been trade conversations with a “handful of NFL teams” but nothing has come of it.

Coach Jay Gruden denied that report, insisting, “The door is not shut on Robert Griffin. There have been no discussions about letting him go.”

Two teams that had been rumored to have interest in Griffin are in the AFC East: the Jets and Bills. However, reports out of New York indicate the Jets aren’t willing to take on Griffin’s injury-guaranteed 2016 salary of $16 million.

Said Jets coach Todd Bowles: “He’s in [Washington] and we have our guys right now. That’s not my concern.”

The Bills on Monday announced that their starter will be Tyrod Taylor, who spent the past four seasons as Joe Flacco‘s backup in Baltimore. Taylor beat out 2013 first-round pick EJ Manuel and former Patriot Matt Cassel.

Griffin was selected second overall in the 2012 draft out of Baylor, after Washington traded up to get him. After an impressive debut season after which he was named Offensive Rookie of the Year, Griffin has struggled with injuries to his knee and ankle. He suffered a concussion in the second week of the preseason and has not played since.

— Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant’s four-game suspension was upheld by the NFL on Monday, meaning another big name will be out for next Thursday’s season-opening game against the Patriots in Foxboro.

Bryant, who became one of the team’s more reliable receivers during the second half of last season as a rookie, was punished for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Robert Griffin III suffers concussion in preseason game 08.21.15 at 7:56 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Royals at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Braves at Cubs, 4:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Dodgers at Astros, 8:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
Little League World Series: Rhode Island vs. South Carolina, 4 p.m. (ESPN)
NFL preseason: Seahawks at Chiefs, 8 p.m. (NFL Network)
WNBA: Dream at Liberty, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA: Sparks at Mercury, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Injury plagued Robert Griffin III, who earlier in the week said he was aiming to be the best quarterback in the NFL, suffered a concussion in Thursday’s preseason game.

In the second quarter of Washington’s 21-17 win over the Lions, Griffin — who had been hit hard repeatedly during his team’s first three offensive series — dropped the ball while scrambling. After Griffin fell to the ground in an attempt to cover the ball, Lions defensive end Corey Wooton landed on his head.

Griffin remained on the turf for about 5 minutes before walking slowly off the field and to the locker room. Washington coach Jay Gruden said he had “no idea” how long RGIII will be out.

“It definitely makes you cringe,” Washington left tackle Trent Williams said. “You don’t want to see your quarterback get hit at all, in preseason nor regular season. It’s definitely not a pleasant feeling.”

The team’s offense has struggled this preseason, failing to score a touchdown with Griffin at the helm. On Thursday, RGIII completed 2-of-5 passes for 8 yards while being sacked three times and fumbling once.

“I’m not going to lay any blame on the quarterback or the offensive line,” coach Jay Gruden said. “We’ll just wait and see [the game film]. But it was not a very good performance by our first-team offense — one first down in four drives and the turnover.”

— J.R. Smith, who declined his $6.8 million player option with the Cavaliers shortly after the season ended and became a free agent — only to discover he wasn’t as in demand as he thought — said Thursday he will return to Cleveland after all.

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Report: Robert Griffin III benched in favor of Colt McCoy 11.26.14 at 11:43 am ET
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Times already have been tough for Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and they continue to get more difficult.

The team is expected to start Colt McCoy over Griffin this Sunday against the Colts, a person close to the team told The Associated Press. The Redskins have yet to make an official statement but are expected to announce the change Wednesday.

Against the 49ers last week, Griffin fumbled on the team’s last drive of the game, ending any hope of a comeback in a 17-13 loss. He threw for only 106 yards before the fumble.

Since he won 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, Griffin is a combined 4-14 as a starter in 2013 and 2014. After he already suffered a serious injury when he tore his ACL during the NFC wild card round his rookie season, Griffin suffered an ankle injury early on this year and missed six games. Since his return, he has an 0-3 record.

Kirk Cousins and McCoy combined for three wins when Griffin was on the injured reserve list. McCoy’s biggest victory came in Dallas when he rallied the Redskins to a 20-17 overtime win over the Cowboys on Oct. 27.

This season McCoy has completed 85.7 percent of his passes for one touchdown and 427 yards. For his career, the quarterback has 22 touchdowns to 21 interceptions.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Vikings assistant Mike Priefer apologizes for homophobic taunting, accepts suspension 07.25.14 at 8:19 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cardinals at Cubs, 4 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Blue Jays at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
WNBA: Tulsa Shock at Washington Mystics, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer, who was suspended three games by the team for taunting former punter Chris Kluwe with homophobic language, met the media Thursday and acknowledged his poor judgment.

“In this situation, with my comment, I’ve failed,” Priefer said. “I didn’t just go below the bar. I went way below the bar. I made a mistake. I was wrong. I brought a lot of undue attention to the Minnesota Vikings organization and brought an unwanted distraction, and I apologize.”

Added Priefer: “I learned a hard lesson. I’ve got to be sensitive to other people in what I say, and that’s not going to happen again.”

General manager Rick Spielman said the suspension will begin at the start of the regular season, and Priefer won’t be allowed at team headquarters until it’s been served. Despite the fact that Priefer initially lied about having made the offensive remark, Spielman spoke highly of the coach.

“I can’t tell you how much I respect him, not only as a family man and as a person but also as a football coach,” the GM said. “He’s made a mistake and he owned up to that mistake and he’s going to serve his suspension and then we’re going to move on.”

MASHUP POLL: Was Mike Priefer's punishment for taunting a player with homophobic language fair?

  • Yes, a three-game suspension is reasonable (63%, 73 Votes)
  • No, he should have been fired (32%, 37 Votes)
  • No, he should have been suspended the entire season (4%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 115

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Kluwe said earlier this week he plans to sue the Vikings, but his attorney has held off while talking with the team about a settlement.

— Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III avoided commenting directly about former coach Mike Shanahan, but his words Thursday made it clear he’s in a better place with new coach Jay Gruden and offensive coordinator Sean McVay.

“You don’t go from the ability to read defenses one year and not have that ability the next, so I don’t believe that one bit,” Griffin said. “And it’s really just a good thing to have two coaches who believe in you. Sean and Jay have done a great job. They’ve given me a lot on my shoulders in that quarterback room, and I cherish that. You want to be asked to do more — or just to do the bare minimum as a quarterback.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Cubs mocked as they unveil new mascot, ‘Clark’ 01.14.14 at 8:00 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Maple Leafs at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Flyers at Sabres, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Kings at Pacers, 7 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Wisconsin at Indians, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Georgia at Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: St. John’s at DePaul, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: VCU at George Washington, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Oklahoma at Kansas State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Penn State at Michigan, 8 p.m. (BTN)
College basketball: Kentucky at Arkansas, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Temple at Cincinnati, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Butler at Creighton, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Tennis: Australian Open, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Cubs officially introduced their new mascot, a cub named “Clark,” on Monday night at a charity event, and the reviews are mixed.

The team says Clark — named after the street on which Wrigley Field is located — came about after surveys found that fans would like the park to be more family-friendly. However, many in Chicago are mocking the cartoon bear, and as of early Monday morning, a poll at the Chicago Tribune indicated 75 percent of almost 10,000 respondents do not like the mascot.

The Cubs, for their part, appear sensitive to fans’ criticism, explaining that Clark will not stand atop the dugout or otherwise cause a distraction during games. The bear will greet fans at the park’s entrance and be available in his own clubhouse at Wrigley Field.

“The Cubs are thrilled to welcome Clark as the team’s official mascot,” Cubs senior director of marketing Alison Miller said in a statement. “Clark is a young, friendly Cub who can’t wait to interact with our other young Cubs fans. He’ll be a welcoming presence for families at Wrigley Field and an excellent ambassador for the team in the community.”

The Angels, Dodgers and Yankees are the only three remaining MLB teams without a mascot.

Robert Griffin III recently took to Facebook to take on his critics and defend himself for wearing a sleeve and glove during games, appearing in commercials and getting attention everywhere he goes.

Wrote the quarterback: “You think I want it to be national news that I visit a beach? Or shop at Walmart? Or wore red shoes instead of green yesterday? Well, I don’t. I’m “striving” for greatness just like my fellow teammates do. The “attention” that comes with being a QB in the league is what you are referring to. All the press conferences and talking to the media? Mandated by the league to have a press conference every week during the season and during team activities during the offseason.”

Bears tight end Martellus Bennett had the same reaction as some fans when he implied that RGIII was being overly sensitive. Tweeted Bennett on Monday: “Lame,” and “Who still has Facebook anyways? Lol. I’m going to release a statement on my MySpace Music Page.”

Bennett didn’t stop the sarcasm later, adding: “Was it not politically correct of me to say or do that? Good thing I’m not into politics.”

Bennett finished his series of tweets with this: “My social experiment for the day is complete. Thank you all for participating.”

— NFL legends Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice will draft the players selected to the Pro Bowl and form two teams for the Jan. 26 game in Honolulu, in the league’s attempt to make the game more appealing to fans.

Sanders did his part to spice things up when on Monday he tweeted that he plans to suit up for the game.

Sanders also tweeted at Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson that he is reserving jersey No. 21 for the game.

Rice accepted Sanders’ challenge and didn’t back down.

 

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 14, 2007, the Patriots traveled to San Diego and knocked off the Chargers, 24-21, to advance to the AFC championship game. Which receiver — signed as a free agent from the Chargers in the previous offseason — had a huge game for the Patriots, catching a 4-yard touchdown pass with 4:36 remaining and hauling in a 49-yard pass that set up the game-winning 31-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski with 1:10 left?

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Robert Griffin III reportedly alienated teammates by bragging about influence with Washington owner Daniel Snyder 01.07.14 at 7:54 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Bruins at Ducks, 10 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Flyers at Devils, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Celtics at Nuggets, 9 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Pelicans at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Saint Louis at Rhode Island, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Georgia Tech at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Baylor at Iowa State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Tennessee at LSU, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Cincinnati at Houston, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Ohio State at Michigan State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Creighton at DePaul, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Vanderbilt at Alabama, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

— One year removed from a standout first pro season in which he was named Offensive Rookie of the Year, Robert Griffin III is being viewed a lot differently nowadays. Monday’s Washington Post story by Sally Jenkins doesn’t help the quarterback’s image.

According to Jenkins, RGIII has alienated his receivers and offensive line by lobbying to have the offense changed to his liking, getting into heated arguments with teammates and bragging about his influence with team owner Daniel Snyder.

Jenkins noted occasions this season when Griffin was sacked and received no assistance from teammates in getting to his feet. She also recounted receiver Santana Moss‘ suggestion after a November loss that Griffin start taking responsibility for his play.

Said Moss on Nov. 19: “Whether you’re the receiver, the quarterback, the guys making the tackle, whoever, regardless of the outcome, good or bad, you have to at some point stand up and say ‘me’ or ‘I.’ ”

Last week, backup quarterback Kirk Cousins said Griffin will have a say as to whom the team selects to succeed fired coach Mike Shanahan. “I’m sure Mr. Snyder and Robert and those people will have a lot of input as to who the hire is,” Cousins said. The team responded by issuing a statement denying that will be the case.

— University of Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery issued an apology Monday for putting the program “in a negative light” due to his behavior in Sunday’s loss at Wisconsin, when he was ejected after yelling at one official and then bumping another.

“There were a couple of calls there that I had taken exception to and felt like ‘I’ve got to change this thing a little bit,’ ” McCaffery told ESPN. “I got the T. The thing that I regret was getting the second T. I didn’t want to get the second T. It was not my intention and it impacted the game in a way that wasn’t good for our team.”

Said athletic director Gary Barta: “I’ve met with coach McCaffery regarding [Sunday] night’s ejection from the game in Madison. He knows he crossed a line of acceptable behavior and accepts responsibility for his actions. All staff at the University of Iowa fully support the Big Ten Conference’s sportsmanship policy’s fundamental elements, including civility and respect toward opponents and game officials. Fran has my full support moving forward.”

— Grinnell College, the Division 3 school in Iowa that has made news the last two years with Jack Taylor‘s two 100-point games, including an NCAA-record 138 points last year, has another record-setter.

Patrick Maher set an NCAA mark with 37 assists in Monday’s 164-144 victory over College of Faith. The old record of 34 was held by David N. Arsenault, then a Grinnell player and now an assistant head coach for the Pioneers.

Taylor missed Monday’s game with a back injury.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 7, 1991, who was named to succeed Rod Rust as coach of the Patriots?

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Washington QB Robert Griffin III reportedly will be shut down for rest of season 12.11.13 at 11:42 am ET
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According to multiple reports, Washington has decided to start Kirk Cousins at quarterback Sunday against the Falcons, with Robert Griffin III inactive despite not being listed with an injury.

Coach Mike Shanahan acknowledged Monday that he was considering sitting Griffin to protect him while Washington (3-10) closes out a lost season. Griffin missed the entire offseason while recovering from knee surgery, and he clearly is not the same player he was last year, when he was named Offensive Rookie of the Year. Additionally, he hasn’t been protected well by his offensive line, leading to consideration to rest him for the final three games.

“You’ve got your franchise quarterback, and you want to make sure going into the offseason that he goes through a full offseason program,” Shanahan said Monday. “And that’s why I didn’t say [Griffin] was the starter. That’s just something in the back of my mind right now, and I’ll let you know in the next couple of days.”

Added Shanahan: “We had 24 sacks in the last five games, and you go against a [Chiefs] team that had two sacks in the last five games, I’m talking about his health. I want to make sure that he’s healthy. I think that’s the most important thing going into the offseason, that he has his first full season being healthy. If he did play, and something did happen to him, I think it would set our franchise back. That’s not to say I’m not going that way, that’s why I answered it the way I did.”

Griffin has completed 274-of-456 passes for 3,203 yards and 16 touchdowns with 16 interceptions this season.

Cousins, a fourth-round pick in 2012, has started one NFL game. He is 12-for-25 for 107 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions this season, including a stint in the late stages of Sunday’s 45-10 loss to the Chiefs. He reportedly will be backed up Sunday by veteran Rex Grossman.

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NFL roundup: Eagles QB Michael Vick, Redskins QB Robert Griffin III injured; Lions WR Calvin Johnson nearly sets record 10.28.13 at 11:44 am ET
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Michael Vick found himself in a position that’€™s becoming increasingly familiar midway through the Eagles’ loss to the Giants on Sunday: seated on the bench with an injury.

Vick exited in the second quarter of the 15-7 loss with a hamstring injury.

After the game, Vick explained that he felt a ‘€œpop’€ in his left hamstring, which he originally injured in Philadelphia’€™s first matchup with the Giants in Week 5. That injury forced him to miss Week 6 and 7.

It’€™s unclear exactly when the aggravation occurred, although Vick looked hampered from the opening drive.

Backup quarterback Matt Barkley entered the game with 2:24 remaining and Philadelphia trailing 12-0. Vick left throwing the ball 6-for-9 for 30 yards and one interception, which came on the team’€™s first drive.

Vick started Sunday in place of the injured Nick Foles, who had replaced Vick the last two weeks. In six games, Vick has thrown for 1,215 yards, a 54.6 completion percentage, five touchdowns and three interceptions, and run for 308 yards on 34 attempts.

‘€¢ After tearing his right ACL last season, Robert Griffin III appears to have dodged a bullet, as he said after Sunday’s game that the left knee injury that forced him out of the Redskins’€™ 45-21 loss to the Broncos is not serious.

With less than five minutes left in the game, Griffin was driven to the ground by defensive tackle Terrance Knighton while attempting a pass, and Knighton landed on Griffin’€™s knee.

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