Elite Joe Flacco Jersey

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco(Joe Flacco Jersey) will play later this week in his first game since he suffered a season-ending knee injury nine months ago.

Flacco told SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio on Tuesday that he will suit up Saturday against the Detroit Lions after sitting out the first two preseason games.

“You need to get back out there, [and] you need to get your mind used to getting ready for a game,” Flacco said. “And then, yeah, I need to get over that last hurdle, which is going out there and being a live target for guys to hit and see how I react to it.”

Flacco didn’t specify how long he would play Saturday, saying the team would approach it like a typical third preseason game.

After being held out of all offseason practices in the spring, Flacco has put together one of his best training camps. He has looked comfortable in his second season in coach Marc Trestman’s offense, and he hasn’t missed any reps with the first-team offense.

Despite wearing a brace on his left knee, he has moved well in practice and has even scrambled to get first downs. But that all occurred when he was wearing a red jersey, which signifies no contact.

“I could have played in the first two preseason games,” Flacco said. “But you just kind of think: Is it worth it to get a total of three series when you’re putting yourself at risk? Is that really worth it?

“We just have decided that practice would be a really, really good measure of how I feel, and once I was ready to get used to some game reps that the third preseason game would do that. I’m excited to get out there finally.”

Elite Robert Griffin III Jersey

If Robert Griffin III(Robert Griffin III Jersey)’s attempt to resurrect his career were a marathon, he’d be on Mile 3.

Griffin has done what he can with the Cleveland Browns to this point, but the hard work and uphill climbs are still ahead. Like any marathon runner, Griffin takes it step by step.

To get to this point, Griffin had to earn the starting-quarterback job. He was officially given that last week, though by every appearance it was his from the beginning of training camp. ?Now comes the next step: playing well in preseason games, which builds confidence for the regular season.

“I’m really eager to see our whole football team against a different opponent,” coach Hue Jackson said, “but obviously, to watch our quarterback under duress when it’s tough, when the other team is really coming after you.”

It is in practice games that Griffin can take a step toward showing he has improved in an area that needed the most growth: the ability to drop, read, process and react to a defense. To this point, he has performed against a defense he understands. Now he goes against teams that will try to confuse him.

If he had any failing in Washington, it was that he demanded the Redskins make him into a pocket passer, and he then never performed well enough from the pocket to keep his job.

When the Browns signed Griffin, he vowed he could play in any kind of offense, including pocket passing. Griffin has the ability to run, but eventually in every game a quarterback has to make a throw from the pocket with the defense doing everything it can to prevent that throw.

Griffin’s training-camp work peaked when it mattered most — he looked good in two scrimmages last Friday and Saturday, with even backup Josh McCown saying Griffin had thrown the ball better those couple days than he had all camp. ?But Griffin — and the team — followed with some “dog day” practices Tuesday and Wednesday, with too many balls on the ground and not enough plays.

In Friday’s preseason opener at Green Bay, Griffin will be without two of the Browns’ top receivers. Veteran Andrew Hawkins and first-round draft pick Corey Coleman both are sidelined by hamstring issues.

That does not change Griffin’s goal.

“It’s to go out and execute,” he said. “That’s always the goal. Any time you strap it up, you want to go win a game. Regardless of how long we play or whatnot — that’s up to coach — when we’re in there, we’ll be ready to go.”

Generic stuff, but at this point the approach is more or less generic. Griffin did not play a down in 2015, and his career plummeted from being the second overall draft pick in 2013 to being a free-agent signee with the Browns, whose quarterback woes in recent years are legendary.

“Since he’s been here, he’s been a true leader,” tight end Gary Barnidge said. “He’s embraced it.”

Barnidge admitted, though, that the offense remains a work in progress.

“Everybody is learning,’ Barnidge said. “It’s a new offense for everybody.”

The Browns do not bring a product to Green Bay polished by experience and years of working together. They bring a new coach, a new offense and a new quarterback.

Steps forward merely head toward the finish line, which the Browns hope is a productive offense led by a rejuvenated quarterback on opening day, Sept. 11 in Philadelphia.

Elite Adrian Peterson Jersey

MANKATO, Minn. – The Minnesota Vikings have an evening practice on Saturday night, so Adrian Peterson(Adrian Peterson Jersey) will be otherwise occupied when one of his former teammates is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But the running back was on Brett Favre’s invitation list.

Peterson, who played with Favre during the quarterback’s last two seasons, said it was “pretty cool” for Favre to invite him to the ceremonies in Canton. Peterson added he owes some of his passionate playing style to Favre, whom he watched growing up, and said Favre is one of the few players he’s ever asked for an autograph.

“I can always say I played with him,” he said. “That right there is satisfying to me.”

Favre had the best statistical season of his career in his first year with the Vikings, throwing 33 touchdown passes against seven interceptions while leading the team to the brink of the Super Bowl in 2009. He turned 40 during his first season in Minnesota, but his arm strength was still second to none. “He threw the only ball I’ve heard whistle when it goes by my helmet,” Peterson said. “To still be able to throw the ball with that much power was incredible to me.”

The Vikings’ overtime loss to the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game cost the team its first trip to the Super Bowl in 33 years, and the team went 6-10 in Favre’s tumultuous second season in Minnesota. But despite the fact the run didn’t end with a trip to the Super Bowl, Peterson said he’ll never forget it.

“Initially it was like, ‘Wow – it’s Brett Favre,’” he said. “To have a locker right next to him, that was pretty special. It was a great experience, one I’ll always remember and cherish.”

Practicing for the first time during training camp after nursing a slight hamstring strain, Peterson was still used lightly in team drills, and said he won’t play in the Vikings’ first preseason game next Friday in Cincinnati. If he were to play in the preseason, he’d likely do so toward the end of the exhibition schedule, perhaps in the Vikings’ third preseason game as they open up U.S. Bank Stadium on Aug. 28. The team’s joint practices against the Bengals next week could also provide Peterson a chance to get some better competition without being tackled.

“I went out today, and I felt pretty good. I was able to open up some,” Peterson said. “I’ll continue to approach it that way, until I feel like I’m able to open it up all the way. Obviously, I’m not playing in the first preseason game, so we’ll see what happens.”