NFL notebook: RG3 ‘not happy’ with benching
Move over, RG3. It’s Colt vs. the Colts.
The Redskins will start Colt McCoy over Robert Griffin III on Sunday against the Colts, the latest development in a stunning slide for the 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.
“My job is to do everything we can to win. … At this time, I just feel like Colt gives us a better opportunity,” coach Jay Gruden told Colts reporters on a conference call Wednesday.
The Redskins are 0-3 since Griffin returned from an ankle injury and have scored only one touchdown in each of the last two games.
Gruden said Griffin “just needs a little more time” to master the team’s offensive scheme. He said Griffin will serve as the No. 2 quarterback on Sunday.
“He wasn’t happy,” Gruden said, “nor would I expect him to be happy.”
Jets return to QB Smith
Geno Smith is getting another shot as the New York Jets’ starting quarterback.
The team announced Smith, who had been benched in favor of Michael Vick the last three games, will be under center against the Miami Dolphins on Monday night.
Coach Rex Ryan met with both quarterbacks in the morning, according to the team, and informed them of the decision.
Smith, in his second season out of West Virginia, last started Oct. 26 in a 43-23 loss to Buffalo in which he threw interceptions on three consecutive possessions and was benched.
Lions’ Raiola fined, but not for chop block
Lions center Dominic Raiola has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for unnecessary roughness for a striking an opponent at New England on Sunday.
The play was on a third-and-9 from the Detroit 35 with 57 seconds remaining. He struck the Patriots’ Zach Moore.
The 14-year veteran did not get disciplined for a chop the block he made during a kneel-down at the end of Detroit’s 34-9 loss to the Patriots. Raiola said he didn’t intentionally try to hurt anybody or try to do anything out of the ordinary on that play, which the NFL deemed within the rules.
Still calls child support story “untruthful”
Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still called his former girlfriend’s comments about child support “untruthful” and said he’s letting the dispute play out in court. Still’s 4-year-old daughter, Leah, has gained national attention for her fight against cancer. More than $1 million has been raised for cancer research and treatment from the sale of Still’s jersey.
The girl’s mother, Channing Smythe, told the New York Daily News for a story on Wednesday that Still hasn’t made child support payments for the last four months, causing a hardship for her and the girl. They live in Delaware and commute to Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia for treatment. Smythe and Still are no longer a couple.
“I don’t consider him a deadbeat dad,” Smythe told the newspaper. “I know he loves and cares for his daughter and he is there for her. I just need him to help me financially.”
Still declined to be interviewed about the matter on Wednesday but issued a statement through the team that noted Leah’s fight against cancer has inspired many people.
“When she gets older, I want her to be able to look back and read about her positive impact on the world, not about the private issues her parents were going through,” Still said in the statement. “I am not going to retaliate against the mother of my daughter, and the untruthful reports in the New York Daily News article, by criticizing her character.
“I am going to allow the court system to handle this matter, as it has been doing these past couple of months.”
Seahawks’ Lynch will play vs. 49ers
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, who has been hampered by injuries and illness the past two weeks, will play against the 49ers on Thursday, coach Pete Carroll said.
Lynch’s problematic back gave him trouble in Kansas City in Week 11 and he was sick to his stomach last Sunday in Seattle’s 19-3 win over the Cardinals. But Carroll said he “had a really good week” of practice and will bring his tough running style Thursday as the Seahawks and 49ers renew one of the league’s most physical rivalries.
“The tempo really helped him get through and he came out of last week feeling pretty good,” Carroll said. “So he’s in good shape this week.”
The Texans placed quarterback Ryan Mallett on injured reserve with a torn right pectoral muscle and signed free-agent quarterback Thad Lewis. … The Colts claimed outside linebacker Shaun Phillips off waivers from Tennessee. The longtime Charger has 554 tackles, 81 1⁄2 sacks and seven interceptions during his 11-year career. Last year, he led the Broncos with 10 sacks.