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  • December 18, 2017 12:22 PM GMT

    BEREA, Ohio -- Robert Griffins day of thanks came a little early.For the first time since breaking a bone in his left shoulder in Clevelands season opener, Griffin practiced on Wednesday, a significant step for the quarterback whose career has been undermined by injuries and whose future remains unclear.Griffin arrived at the teams facility not knowing if he had been formally designated for return by the team. Once he received news he was going to practice, RG3 could hardly contain himself.I put my shoulder pads on and went out and ran around like a little kid, he said.On the field, an energized Griffin slapped hands with teammates during drills, and at one point ran and jumped on offensive coach Pep Hamiltons back.His wait was over, and Griffin celebrated.Griffins return is a much-needed dose of positive news for the winless Browns (0-11) , whose season took the first of many downward turns when he got hurt late in the fourth quarter of his Cleveland debut.His injury changed the direction of Clevelands season. It not only sidelined him for 10 weeks, but his latest medical setback prevented the Browns -- who signed him to a two-year, $15 million in March -- from being able to assess the 26-year-old as their franchise quarterback, a position that has remained both baffling and vacant over the past 17 seasons.While theres no guarantee Griffin will play again this season, he believes he can be Clevelands starter for seasons to come.No doubt, he said. I have the confidence in that. I cant speak for coach or anyone else, but theyve expressed that to me. I still feel I can be the guy for this team, for this organization, and I look forward to going out and proving it.First, he has to prove he can take contact, and the way Browns quarterbacks have been getting pummeled lately, that test could include being run over by a truck.Griffin is scheduled to undergo another medical test to determine if the bone in his shoulder has healed completely. If hes cleared, theres a strong chance hell play in one of Clevelands final four games after the Dec. 4 bye.Until then, Griffin can continue practicing as the Browns have 21 days to decide whether to activate him or keep him on injured reserve. Griffin made it clear he wants to play.Hes only made one start in 30 months, and questions about his durability followed Griffin from Washington to Cleveland. Griffin, though, maintains hes far from finished.Im 26 years old, man, Im not 45, he said. Ive got a lot of years of football left and Im real grateful. Its Thanksgiving, time to give thanks, and Im thankful for the ability to have so much experience in the league, good and bad to this point at 26 years old, being in multiple offensive systems. Its all a learning process. Im still young, Im still a kid and I look forward to having a long career. I know its going to take a lot of hard work and Im willing to do it.Im not afraid of hard work.Griffin impressed Clevelands coaches and his teammates with his willingness to help while he was sidelined. He stayed engaged in meetings, doing all he could to help the Browns snap a losing streak now at 14 over two seasons.He wants it badly, to be out there with his teammates, coach Hue Jackson said. He wants to do the work and be a part of it and help us get to where we want to go. I have a great respect for that. He has been part of the grind the whole time. It is a good showing by him to show that he wants to be out there. Obviously, he could have kind of fallen off totally, but he didnt. That is a plus for him.The Browns have two first-round draft picks next year and may use one on a quarterback. Griffin might be able to alter those plans, but its not his motivation.I can go out and play or not play and they can make that decision, he said. I want to be here. I want to play. I want to help this team win. Whatever they do next year, thats up to them and I cant focus on that because I cant control that.Game notes QB Josh McCown will start Sunday against the Giants, returning to the lineup after rookie Cody Kessler sustained his second concussion last week. Jackson said Kevin Hogan will back up McCown, who took a devastating hit from Steelers defensive tackle Stephon Tuitt after replacing Kessler. Josh thought he was Barry Sanders for a second there, Griffin joked. ... Browns LT Joe Thomas was given Wednesday off to rest his knee.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Womens Texans Jerseys . "I dont know that were close," said general manager Alex Anthopoulos. "I just think, right now, the acquisition cost just doesnt work for us right now. I dont know if I can quantify how far off or things like that that they might be but I would say we continue to have dialogue. Black Friday Texans Jerseys . 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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- At least the Green Bay Packers started fast for a change.Whether Aaron Rodgers & Co. have solved all their offensive problems may not be known for weeks, but you couldnt call them slow to start Sundays home opener against the Detroit Lions.Rodgers became the first quarterback to throw four touchdown passes in the first half of an NFL game this season.Rodgers threw a pair of touchdown passes in the first quarter -- a 14-yarder to Davante Adams and an 8-yarder to Jordy Nelson -- the first time hes done that since Week 3 of last season against the Kansas City Chiefs.He added a third touchdown pass -- a 2-yarder to Richard Rodgers -- on the Packers third possession. That was the first time the Packers have done that since Week 10 of the 2014 season, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The Packers went on to win that game in a rout of the Chicago Bears, 55-14.It got better. Nelson caught a second touchdown pass in the first half, a 17-yarder with 1:10 left in the second quarter. Think it didnt mean something to Nelson? In his first game at Lambeau Field since 2014 after missing all of last season because of a knee injury, he was as demonstrative as ever in celebrating his two first-half touchdowns.Rodgers did not throw a touchdown pass in the second half, but the Packers hung on to win 34-27.While the Packers offense got off to a fast start, it did take a hit with the loss of tight end Jared Cook in the secondd half because of a right ankle injury.dddddddddddd Cook was Green Bays big free-agent signing this offseason. He had one catch for 15 yards before departing the game.The Packers came into the game ranked 31st in the NFL in passing yards per game and 29th in total yards and started slow on offense in each of their first two games at Jacksonville and Minnesota.Through two games, Rodgers had completed just 57.1 percent of his passes, averaged 5.9 yards per pass attempt and had a passer rating of 82.6. In the first half against the Lions, Rodgers completed 12 of 18 passes for 174 yards and the four touchdowns with a passer rating of 137.5.Guard T.J. Lang said Rodgers head-butted him after his fourth TD pass and told Lang, Im back.Said Lang: He looked at me after one of the touchdowns and just kind of smiled, head-butted me and said, Im back. So its definitely good to see him go out there and get back to his dominant fashion.Rodgers downplayed that when asked about it after the game.I dont think if anybody gives a you know what if the offense is back or not -- its just about winning, Rodgers said. 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