Redskins tight end says Robert Griffin III is ‘fine’ _lowres

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) is examined after an injury during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Detroit Lions, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was apparently doing well Saturday after leaving Thursday’s preseason game against the Detroit Lions with a concussion.

Washington tight end Je’Ron Hamm said, “Robert’s fine,” on a conference call as the Redskins enjoyed a second straight off day.

“He got a little banged up. I (don’t) like to see any of my teammates down there on the ground, (but) I’m glad to know that he’s going to be all right.”

Griffin, who’s expected to be Washington’s opening day starter for a fourth straight season, was injured when Lions defensive end Corey Wootton landed on him while trying to recover his fumble early in the second quarter in a 21-17 Redskins victory.

Redskins special teams captain Adam Hayward was placed on injured reserve after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee against Detroit.

Panthers

REPORT SAYS ALEXANDER TEARS ACHILLES: In Charlotte, N.C., Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander was carted off the field during the first quarter of Saturday’s preseason game with the Dolphins, and NFL.com reported the former Southern Lab standout has a torn Achilles.

Giants

BEASON SPRAINS KNEE AGAINST JAGUARS: In East Rutherford, N.J., New York Giants starting middle linebacker Jon Beason suffered a knee sprain in the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday night and did not return.

Beason, one of the leaders of the defense, played four games last season before going on injured reserve with a foot injury.

Giants rookie safety Justin Currie (broken right ankle) and veteran backup linebacker Mark Herzlich (concussion) also left the game.

Jacksonville receiver Arrelious Benn (shoulder) and backup offensive lineman Josh Wells were hurt in the first half.

Bills

JACKSON, WATKINS RETURN TO PRACTICE: In Pittsford, N.Y., the Buffalo Bills are starting to get healthy again.

Running back Fred Jackson and receivers Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods returned to practice Saturday.

“It’s good to start getting some of these guys back,” coach Rex Ryan said.

Jackson’s return from a hamstring injury is critical at a position that has been decimated by injuries. The Bills are without leading rusher LeSean McCoy (hamstring), rookie Karlos Williams (undisclosed) and fourth-year pro Bryce Brown (hamstring).

Jackson is second on Buffalo’s depth chart behind McCoy. He was not limited in practice Saturday and hopes to play next week against Pittsburgh.

“He looked pretty good,” Ryan said. “I was happy to see him. He was doing more than I thought he was going to do.”

Ryan reiterated Saturday that he is “cautiously optimistic” that McCoy will return in time for Buffalo’s season opener against Indianapolis.

Watkins (glute) and Woods (undisclosed), Buffalo’s top two receivers, took part in individual drills Saturday but did not participate in team drills.

Ryan said the Bills are expecting receivers Percy Harvin (hip) and Chris Hogan (ankle) to be ready for the season opener.

Lions

HAGGINS, MAYS RELEASED; BUTLER SIGNED: In Allen Park, Mich., Detroit released receiver Jared Haggins and defensive back Taylor Mays and signed tight end Deon Butler.

The Lions announced the moves Saturday night.

Haggins was an undrafted free agent out of Florida State. Mays was a backup for the Cincinnati Bengals last season.

Butler hasn’t played in an NFL game since the 2012 season, when he was with Seattle.