Browns QB Griffin cleared for contact, could play after bye

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2016, file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III runs the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia. Griffin moved closer to playing again this season as the team designated him for return from injured reserve. The team officially made the move Wednesday, nov. 23, 2016, giving the Browns 21 days to activate him to the roster.(Winslow Townson/File)
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BEREA, Ohio (AP) Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III has been cleared for contact, paving the way for him to play again this season.

Griffin has been sidelined since breaking a bone in his left shoulder late in the Sept. 11 opener against Philadelphia. He returned to practice last week, but still had to pass another medical test to make sure his injury had healed enough to absorb hits.

The Browns (0-12) have a bye this week, but Griffin will likely start the Dec. 11 game against Cincinnati. Browns coach Hue Jackson could go back to rookie Cody Kessler, but he sustained his second concussion of the season on Nov. 20 and only completed the concussion protocol on Monday.

Griffin signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Browns in March. The Browns will have four games to evaluate the 26-year-old RG3 and decide whether to bring him back as their starter in 2017.

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