The Texans placed tight end Ryan Griffin (knee) on the injured reserve-designated to return list Tuesday, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports. Griffin was injured during the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Chiefs. He will not be allowed to appear in a game for eight weeks, so he will be sidelined at least through the Texans' Week 9 bye. Griffin started at tight end Sunday, and the Texans have yet to announce whether C.J. Fiedorowicz or Garrett Graham will replace him in the lineup in Week 2.
Saints backup quarterback Ryan Griffin needed 50 stitches to sew up wounds sustained after getting hit in the head with a champagne bottle, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Griffin and some friends went to the Apres Lounge on June 7, the night of the the incident. Griffin told police that he possibly "bumped into" another group of people. Griffin said he believed words were exchanged before he was hit in the head with the bottle. Griffin was taken to the emergency room at Tulane Hospital. The Times-Picayune notes that Griffin was not present for an offseason practice on June 10 but was at the facility for Tuesday's session.
Saints coach Sean Payton told reporters he did not speak with Drew Brees prior to the draft, per the team's website. With the 75th overall pick, New Orleans selected Colorado State quarterback Garrett Grayson, who will compete with Ryan Griffin and Luke McCown to serve as Brees' backup next season. "No, no. I think every year we are just constantly evaluating the players at positions," Payton said, per the team's official website. "I think it would be different if all of a sudden we are taking a quarterback in the first round and we had a different vision, but in our case it is pretty clear, we love our starter. "It gives the young players behind him a chance to mature and develop. Look, nothing is given to any of these guys, you guys have been here long enough to see us operate as a staff. Garrett (Grayson) is going to have to come in and compete with Ryan (Griffin). He is going to have to compete with Luke (McCown), but no."
The Saints will sign quarterback Ryan Griffin to the team's practice squad after clearing waivers Wednesday, NOLA.com reports. Griffin spent some of his rookie season last year on the practice squad before eventually moving to the active roster. He lost a camp battle to Luke McCown during the preseason and didn't survive final roster cuts.
The Saints have released quarterback Ryan Griffin, who was competing for the backup role behind starter Drew Brees. The move leaves Luke McCown to reprise his role as the team's No. 2 quarterback.
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