The Washington Redskins are expected to start rookie quarterback Kirk Cousins over the ailing Robert Griffin III on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, the team announced Saturday night.
“The decision was not my own…,” Griffin tweeted. “But I will be there for my team!!! In every way I possibly can.”
Redskins players were informed of the decision at a team meeting Saturday night, someone in the meeting room texted to ESPN minutes after players were told.
Asked earlier in the day if he had a gut feeling whether Griffin (Grade 1 sprain of the lateral collateral ligament) would be available, coach Mike Shanahan responded, “No, not really. We’ll get a chance to evaluate him (on Saturday) and talk to the doctors.”
Apparently, doctors weren’t entirely comfortable, as much as Griffin wanted to play.
The Redskins did not say whether Griffin will be active for the game, or whether veteran Rex Grossman, who has been an inactive third-string quarterback for every game this season, will serve as the primary backup to Cousins, who will be making his first career start.
Shanahan had been coy with his game plan heading into Sunday, not wanting to rush Griffin’s recovery or surrender a competitive advantage to the Browns.
Griffin practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday through Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday. While Shanahan resisted giving percentages of practice repetitions, he did say Griffin looked better each day.
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