Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan says it will take two to three weeks to get Robert Griffin III into full football shape and that it “doesn’t make sense” to play the quarterback in any preseason games.
Griffin sat out 11-on-11 drills Thursday during the first day of training camp. He did take part in the rest of practice, wearing a black brace on his right knee.
Shanahan says preseason games are “overrated” as far as the type of work Griffin would get. The coach says it’s more important to see Griffin practice at full speed.
Griffin is recovering from reconstructive surgery on his right knee. Doctors cleared him to practice last week, but Shanahan says there’s a difference between being cleared by a doctor and being cleared by a coach.
COWBOYS: Dallas announced a multi-year, multimillion-dollar branding deal that will change the name of Cowboys Stadium to AT&T Stadium.
Team owner Jerry Jones said he wants his $1.2 billion showplace to be a building “more familiar than the White House.”
The name change takes effect immediately, and numerous signs outside and inside the stadium will be changed to reflect the name of the telecommunications giant based in nearby Dallas.
Team officials declined to reveal terms of the deal, including cost and how many years are included. Marc Ganis, a sports consultant with SportsCorp Ltd. in Chicago, estimated the deal could be worth as much as $20 million annually for 20 to 30 years.
FALCONS: Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Ryan and Atlanta agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension.
Falcons spokesman Reggie Roberts said the deal was being finalized as Ryan led the offense through practice on the first day of training camp.
A person familiar with the situation says Ryan’s extension is for $103.75 million deal, with $59 million guaranteed. The person says Ryan will average $20.75 million during the first three years of the extension.
Ryan, 28, is entering the sixth and final season of his original rookie contract and will earn a $10 million salary.
JETS: New York reported for training camp without Mike Goodson.
Facing serious legal issues, the running back was placed on the reserve-did not report list as the players arrived for training camp at SUNY Cortland on Thursday.
Goodson, signed as a free agent in the offseason, was arrested on drug and weapons possession charges in May along with a friend in New Jersey.
The case was sent to a grand jury last month.
Goodson’s absence wasn’t believed to be related to his legal situation.
Coach Rex Ryan said in a statement after media availability Thursday that the team knew Goodson wasn’t going to report to camp on time and “we understand why he’s not here.” The team provided no further details.
Goodson, 25, who played last season with Oakland, was arrested with Garant Evans after they were found in a car stopped on Interstate 80 in New Jersey. The men were charged with marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and weapons offenses.
PATRIOTS: With Aaron Hernandez’s arrest hovering over the start of training camp, New England sent out quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick to shed some light.
Brady spoke for 17 minutes and said the murder charge against his former tight end is “zero” distraction to him. Belichick spoke for 22 minutes Wednesday. Both spoke with greater patience and candor than they usually do as the Patriots hurried to remove the stain from their reputation.
RAIDERS: Oakland signed first-round pick cornerback D.J. Hayden to a contract Thursday, one day before the first training camp practice.
The signing assured that the entire 10-player draft class would be on hand when practice began today. It still has not been determined when Hayden will be able to participate in practice after he underwent offseason abdominal surgery. He is officially on the active non-football injury list and can’t practice until he passes a team physical.
Hayden’s offseason got cut short when he needed surgery in late May to remove scar tissue from the abdominal region. That operation came months after a near-fatal practice injury that ended his college career at Houston early.
Hayden was rushed into surgery last November for a tear of the inferior vena cava, the large vein that carries blood from the lower half of the body to the heart, after a collision in practice. Doctors had to cut through Hayden’s sternum to save him. The injury is 95 percent fatal in the field, according to doctors, and is most commonly associated with high-speed motor vehicle accidents.