NFL: Injuries around the league. Robert Griffin III still on pace for Week 1


Dec 30, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) avoids the tackle of Dallas Cowboys linebacker Ernie Sims (59) during the second half at FedEX Field. The Redskins won 28 – 18. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA Today Sports

There weren’t many players in NFL more exciting to watch in 2012 than Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.  Griffin through for 3,200 yards with 25 touchdowns to five interceptions, and set NFL records for highest passer rating by a rookie quarterback (102.4) and highest touchdown to interception ratio (4:1). That all acame before he tore his ACL in the playoffs, and immediately one of the most promising careers in recent memory looked bleak.

Redskins General Manger Bruce Allen confirmed today that RGIII has continued to progress well from his offseason ACL surgery without setback, and that the plan is still for him to start Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Denver Broncos will likely have All-Pro linebacker Von Miller when they face the Seattle Seahawks Saturday night, but his status for the regular season remains unclear. He was scheduled attend a meeting yesterday regarding a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Miller was hoping to formally appeal the suspension today, but that meeting has been delayed because of “complications“.

Miller is already in more hot-water with the NFL after he was arrested Sunday at the Centennial Gun Club for failing to answer to a warrant issued for him. It’s unclear as to whether that arrest had anything to do with the appeal being delayed, and this only further clouds Miller’s availability for the first four weeks of the 2013 NFL season.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Raider’s top offensive lineman, Jared Veldheer,will have surgery on his partially torn triceps on Friday. The typical timetable for recovery from a surgery of this kind is three months.

Having surgery would likely land Veldheer on injured reserve with a designation of possible return later in the 2013 season. Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Wednesday that the club was leaning toward placing Veldheer on short-term I.R. list.

The Green Bay Packers secondary will be getting a significant boost soon, and it will be sight for sore eyes. After watching long-time defensive captain Charles Woodson depart this offseason, the cornerback depth took a significant hit that was only magnified with injuries to Tramon Williams and Casey Heyward, both of whom are expected to gets starter snaps along with Sam Shields this year.

Williams said this week he thought he’d be back on the field by Week 1 for the opener at San Francisco. Last season, Williams finished with 61 tackles, two interceptions and 16 break-ups.

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