Redskins’ Griffin takes part in first full practice session

Injured Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III laughts with his teammates on the bench in the third quarter of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
Injured Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III laughts with his teammates on the bench in the third quarter of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

ASHBURN, Va. — Robert Griffin III has taken part in his first full practice since spraining his right knee.

The Washington Redskins quarterback said he did all of his usual work Wednesday as the team held its first workout ahead of this week’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Coach Mike Shanahan said doctors will examine Griffin’s knee on Thursday to see if there’s any swelling. He could then be cleared to play against the Eagles.

Griffin was limited in practice last week and was held out of Sunday’s 38-21 win over the Cleveland Browns.

He wanted to play, but Shanahan said doctors did not give their OK.

Washington has won five in a row for a three-way tie atop the NFC East.

Colts

Pagano could return to sideline next week: In Indianapolis, the Colts hope coach Chuck Pagano will be back on the sideline next week.

While no official announcement has been made by the team, interim coach Bruce Arians and others have pegged the Dec. 30 regular-season finale against Houston as Pagano’s possible return date. He has not been on the sideline since late September after starting the first of three rounds of chemotherapy in his battle against leukemia.

Players, assistant coaches and team officials are eagerly anticipating Pagano’s return, which could come as early as Monday.

Arians said this week that Pagano “felt great” and “looked good” and his white blood-cell counts were good — all indications he could be return next week.

Steelers

RB Mendenhall returns after suspension: In Pittsburgh, Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall said he’s focused on doing his job, not his future with the team.

Mendenhall returned to practice on Wednesday after serving a one-game suspension for deciding not to show up at Heinz Field for Pittsburgh’s game with the San Diego Chargers on Dec. 9. Mendenhall, who was inactive during the game, declined to talk about his decision to stay away but later added “there’s a lot of thought” that goes into anything he does.

Mendenhall has struggled this season after returning from a torn ACL in October. He accounted for 101 yards and a touchdown in his first game back but injured his Achilles four days later against Tennessee and was dropped to the third-string after fumbling against Cleveland.

Browns

RB Richardson thinks Saban will stay at Alabama: In Berea, Ohio, Trent Richardson doesn’t think Nick Saban will follow him from Alabama to the Cleveland Browns.

Saban, who will lead the Crimson Tide against Notre Dame in the BCS national championship game in Miami on Jan. 7, has been mentioned as a possible replacement in Cleveland if the Browns fire second-year coach Pat Shurmur at season’s end.

Richardson, a running back who ran for 1,679 yards with Alabama last season, dismissed the talk as mere rumors and said after practice Wednesday that from what he knows of Saban, he would be “shocked” if he went to any NFL team.

Bears

Marshall understands strong comments irked some: In Lake Forest, Ill., Brandon Marshall understands he might have offended some people with his demand for accountability following the Chicago Bears’ loss to Green Bay last weekend.

He says a comment like that is “almost guaranteed that you’re going to rub some people the wrong way.” He also says some “might respond to it in a positive way.”

Things can’t get much worse for the Bears (8-6).

They’ve dropped five of six after a 7-1 start and need help to make the playoffs even if they win at Arizona and Detroit.

While the Packers clinched the NFC North, Chicago managed just 190 yards and Marshall was a wreck afterward. He said everyone involved with the offense should be held accountable “even if that means jobs.”