For the second consecutive game, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has submitted a clunker, and San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks thinks he knows why. "He's obviously a man and he makes his own decisions, but I personally don't feel he should be playing right now," Brooks said. Asked directly if Griffin shouldn't be playing because of the knee injury he sustained in a January playoff loss to Seattle, Brooks confirmed. "I don't think he should be playing," he said again. "You can see it. Everybody can see it, everybody can see it." ... [Against the Niners,] Griffin took a lot of hits in the game, including two sacks from Brooks. "He's a man, he has the heart of a warrior and is going to go out there and play regardless of the circumstance," Brooks said of RG3. "Everybody can see it." (CSN Washington) Comment
Tick-tock. The New York Yankees plan on talking to the agents for Robinson Cano on Monday to reiterate that they will only be able to keep their best offer on the table for so long, a baseball official told ESPN New York. While the Yankees want Cano to stay, they have already agreed with Brian McCann on an $85 million contract and are engaged in talks with a number of other free agents. ... If some of the Yankees' targets agreed to deals before Cano decides, then Cano -- who most believe wants to remain in the Bronx -- runs the risk that the Yankees could lower their offer or move on. While a source emphasized there is no "ultimatum," the Yankees feel they only have so much wiggle room above their initial seven-year, $160-plus million offer to Cano, in the context of their $189 million goal. (ESPN New York) Comment
Questions for Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota have now veered from the health of his left knee to the status of his head. Mariota told [his father] what he said publicly Monday: He has apparently passed the Ducks' concussion protocol after being hit in the back of the helmet by the knee of Arizona's Shaquille Richardson. The hit was delivered during his return of Mariota's second interception of the game, and season, in the Wildcats' 42-16 win. "I passed everything and my symptoms are good," Mariota said. ... Also uplifting was this assessment of Mariota by offensive coordinator Scott Frost when asked how close Mariota is to being all right: "He's right. He is pretty much there now. He was close in that last game, but we were still careful with him. He's good enough to go." (The Oregonian) Comment
Robert Griffin III was sacked four times, and Washington was held to only 190 yards of offense in its 27-6 loss to San Francisco on Monday.
Johnny Manziel and other top Heisman candidates struggled Saturday. Who else should we keep an eye on heading into the season's final weeks?