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(The Sports Xchange) - Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden moved Thursday to the precipice of declaring Robert Griffin III his starting quarterback for Sunday's game at Minnesota, a big step forward from the coach's dancing around the topic on Wednesday.

"The progress that he has made has had us put him in with the ones and prepare to be the starter," Gruden said of Griffin, who returned to full practice on Wednesday after missing the last six-plus games with a dislocated left ankle suffered early in the Week 2 rout of Jacksonville.

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Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he is feeling better about Tony Romo playing Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, despite the quarterback sitting out practice Wednesday and Thursday after suffering a severe back contusion Monday in Dallas' 20-17 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins.

"Just talking to him, it sounds like he's feeling better," Garrett said. "And typically that happens the further away you are from an injury, hopefully the better it gets. You get the blood flowing through your body. So hopefully he's able to do something today and we can build on that."

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Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, said his visits to the sideline during games are "not an issue" and that he is no different than many other NFL owners and executives.

Jones drew attention Monday night when he was seen on the sideline talking to coach Jason Garrett about quarterback Tony Romo, who had left with a back injury.

"I wanted to go down there and do what I could, look our guys in the eye, look at them, inspire them to overcome Romo not being out there and overcome what I thought was a critical time," Jones told KRLD, per the Dallas Morning News.   Continued...

Oct 12, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Washington Redskins injured quarterback Robert Griffin III (left) reacts behind quarterback Kirk Cousins on the sidelines in the fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Redskins 30-20. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports