Griffin prac­tices with Browns, will start Sun­day vs. Steel­ers

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CLEVE­LAND | Robert Griffin III can fin­ish what he started.

Cleve­land’s quar­ter­back was cleared from con­cus­sion pro­to­col and will start Sun­day at Pitts­burgh in the sea­son fi­nale.

Griffin was checked by an in­de­pen­dent neu­rol­o­gist — the last step in the NFL’s pro­ce­dure on head in­juries — and prac­ticed as the Browns (1-14) pre­pared to face a Steel­ers team as­sured a play­off spot. Pitts­burgh will rest sev­eral starters, in­clud­ing stars Ben Roeth­lis­berger, Le’Veon Bell and An­to­nio Brown.

Coach Hue Jack­son said as long as Griffin doesn’t have any set­backs he’ll make this fourth straight start.

“Looked good,” Jack­son said fol­low­ing Thurs­day’s work­out. “Looked like Robert.”

Griffin sus­tained his con­cus­sion in the fourth quar­ter last week against San Diego and was re­placed by rookie Cody Kessler, who fin­ished the Browns’ 20-17 win.

Griffin has made three straight starts af­ter miss­ing 11 weeks with a bro­ken left shoul­der sus­tained in the sea­son opener. Griffin has im­proved in each game but has yet to throw a touch­down pass.

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