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Thu Dec 11, 2014 7:38pm EST
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(The Sports Xchange) - Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Thursday that he plans to start Colt McCoy for a third straight game on Sunday at the New York Giants if the quarterback's sprained neck allows.

McCoy was hurt in the fourth quarter of last Sunday's loss to St. Louis.

Robert Griffin III will get the nod over Kirk Cousins against the Giants if McCoy can't go. However, Gruden said that he doesn't need more game action to evaluate the struggling Griffin, the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year.

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Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel better be ready to deal with taunts and that attention that he'll likely receive in his first start Sunday against Cincinnati. That will be the message for the next few days from coach Mike Pettine.

Asked if he plans to talk with Manziel about his actions on the field, Pettine said, "Sure, and I'm sure I'll talk with him as the game gets closer. It's something he's faced. It's not anything new coming into the NFL for him."

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Two days after escaping serious injury in an auto accident, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton returned to the team's practice facility on Thursday saying he was thankful to be alive.

Newton suffered two transverse process fractures in his back during the collision on Tuesday near Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. His pickup truck rolled over and was severely damaged.   Continued...