Source says Washington owner Snyder won’t interfere with Shanahan decision on Griffin
WASHINGTON — Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder will not intervene in the team’s quarterback situation this week as coach Mike Shanahan contemplates sitting down starter Robert Griffin III for the remainder of the season in favor of backup Kirk Cousins, a person familiar with the situation said Tuesday.
“He won’t step in and interfere with that,” the person said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic. “He’s not going to step into a personnel decision that way.”
Shanahan said Monday he would decide by Wednesday whether to sit down Griffin because of the number of sacks that the second-year quarterback has absorbed in recent weeks. If Griffin sits, Cousins would start Sunday’s game at Atlanta. Shanahan said Monday that Griffin would not play again this season if it is decided this week that he won’t play against the Falcons.
The relationship between Snyder and Griffin has been cited as being central to the current issues between Shanahan and Snyder, with multiple people close to the situation saying they expect the team and its fourth-year coach to part ways by soon after the end of the season at the latest.
The person with knowledge of the situation said it appears that Shanahan will coach the team this weekend. If a coaching change was going to be made this week, that person said, it probably would have happened Monday.
Rodgers not expected to play against Dallas
The Green Bay Packers are doing their best to usher off the stage the idea that Aaron Rodgers could play this week against the Dallas Cowboys.
Coach Mike McCarthy said the team will get Matt Flynn ready for another start this week, just like last week, considering Rodgers has not been cleared for a game. Rodgers worked out on Tuesday for the coaches and trainers and will be evaluated by the team doctor on Wednesday.
“We’re planning to play the game with Matt,” McCarthy told reporters. “That’s the way you have to go about it. It’s the same way we went last week.”
McCarthy said Rodgers is making improvement from the broken collarbone that knocked him out of a Monday night game at Minnesota seven weeks ago.
“I think the biggest thing is strength — strength and comfort,” McCarthy said. “He felt better Friday than Wednesday. Hopefully he’ll make the same progress this week.”
• The NFL has confirmed that referee Jeff Triplette and his officiating crew made an on-field error for the second time in as many weeks Sunday in Cincinnati.
NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said on NFL Network’s “NFL Total Access” that Triplette’s team made the incorrect call by awarding Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis with a 1-yard touchdown after an official review in the Bengals’ 42-28 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
Replays showed that Colts defensive tackle Josh Chapman appeared to make contact with Green-Ellis’ foot behind the line of scrimmage on the fourth-and-goal play, causing the running back to stumble to the turf. The original call marked Green-Ellis short of the goal line, turning over possession to the Colts.
The decision to overturn the call gave Cincinnati a 14-point lead heading into halftime.
“No, it wasn’t the correct call,” Blandino told NFL Media’s Dan Hellie. “There was not enough evidence to overturn the ruling on the field.”
• The San Francisco 49ers have signed Ryan Seymour off the Seahawks’ practice squad to a three-year contract as insurance at left guard for injured starter Mike Iupati.
• The Baltimore Ravens have placed wide receiver Brandon Stokley on injured reserve, ending his season.
Stokley suffered a concussion in Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.
• The NFL will move the matchup between Chicago and Philadelphia to the prime-time slot on Sunday, Dec. 22.
The Bears (7-6) will travel to face the Eagles (8-5) at 5:30 p.m. Seattle time on Channel 5.