RICHMOND, Va. — Robert Griffin III said he doesn’t think he’ll be playing in any preseason games.
The Washington Redskins quarterback also said Wednesday he’ll be limited in practice when the team opens training camp Thursday.
Griffin said he’ll take part in certain drills but will sit out the 11-on-11 plays in the early days.
He was cleared by doctors a few days ago, about 6½ months after he had reconstructive surgery on his right knee.
Griffin said he passed the standard Redskins conditioning test Wednesday and will wear a brace on his knee.
As far as altering his playing style, he said: “I think we can win outside the pocket. You’ve just to be smart about it.” Griffin said maybe that means keeping him in the pocket a little bit more.
TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed receiver Mike Williams to a six-year, $40.25 million contract.
The fourth-year pro had 63 receptions for 996 yards and nine touchdowns last season, helping Josh Freeman became the first 4,000-yard passer in franchise history.
The Bucs announced the deal Wednesday as players reported to training camp.
Williams was entering the final season of the contract he signed as a fourth-round pick in the 2010 draft. The 25-year-old wideout had 65 receptions for 964 yards and 11 TDs as a rookie, then followed with 65 catches for 771 yards in 2011.
ATLANTA — The Falcons and Desmond Trufant have agreed to multi-year deal and the rookie cornerback will report to training camp on time.
Atlanta announced the deal Wednesday but did not release terms of the contract. However, a person familiar with the situation said it’s a four-year, $8.16 million contract — of which $4.3 million is guaranteed.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the terms had not been announced.
Atlanta traded up eight spots in a deal with St. Louis to draft Trufant out of Washington. He is the leading candidate to start at right cornerback, but will have to beat out second-round pick Robert Alford, a former Southeastern Louisiana standout.
TAMPA, Fla. — Darrelle Revis is expected on the practice field when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers open training camp.
The three-time All-Pro cornerback, who is the centerpiece of an effort to overhaul the NFL’s worst pass defense has been cleared medically to participate in some activities after missing most of last season with the New York Jets following surgery to repair a torn knee ligament.
The Bucs obtained Revis from the Jets in exchange for the 13th overall pick in the 2013 draft, then signed him to a six-year, $96 million contract.
Coach Greg Schiano said Wednesday that Revis “is going to do some stuff, but he isn’t going to do everything,” when practice begins Thursday.
OXNARD, Calif. — Dez Bryant wants to be a leader for the Dallas Cowboys. He’s certainly playing like one after his first trouble-free offseason in three years.
The fourth-year receiver has been downright dominant early in training camp, repeatedly soaring over starting cornerbacks Brandon Carr and former LSU star Morris Claiborne to make catches. He was doing the same thing in offseason workouts.
Bryant said “there’s no backwards for me” after staying out of the news the past six months.
Last year, he faced a misdemeanor assault charge over a domestic incident with his mom. In 2011, he caused a stir at a mall over his baggy pants and was sued for unpaid jewelry bills. Now he’s followed up his best season as a pro with indications that an even bigger year is ahead.
The NFL and players union met Wednesday in an attempt to reach agreement on testing procedures for human growth hormone as early as the upcoming season.
The labor agreement that ended the NFL lockout in 2011 requires the league gain union approval before testing players for HGH. The union said it favors testing, but has reservations about the appeals process. The union also has reservations about the way discipline will be handed out, and wants to collectively bargain that issue.
Supplemental HGH is a banned substance that is hard to detect and used by athletes for what are believed to be a variety of benefits, whether real or only perceived — such as increasing speed and improving vision.
Among the health problems connected to HGH are diabetes, cardiac dysfunction and arthritis.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers are expecting more than 17,000 shareholders at their annual meeting at Lambeau Field this year.
The meeting begins Wednesday morning and is expected to last about two hours. Afterward, attendees can take self-guided tours of recent stadium improvements, including the new south end zone.
Shareholders who can’t attend in person can watch the meeting online on a password-protected webcast.
The Packers are the NFL’s only publicly owned team. Fans become shareholders by buying shares of stock during one of the team’s infrequent stock sales.
The last one wrapped up last year, when more than 268,000 people bought shares for $250 apiece.
Buyers gain the privilege of calling themselves NFL owners, even though the stock value doesn’t go up and there are no dividends.
NEW YORK — The New York Jets have placed wide receiver Santonio Holmes on the active-physically unable to perform list, an expected move as he recovers from a serious foot injury that sidelined him most of last season.
Holmes recently said he wasn’t sure if he’d be healthy enough to start participating when the Jets begin training camp practices Friday. The wide receiver added that he hoped to be ready for the start of the regular season.
Holmes injured his left foot in October and needed two operations to repair it. The former Super Bowl MVP has yet to put full weight on the foot while working out on a gravity-assisted treadmill.
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