Washington, DC, United States (4E Sports) – The Washington Redskins will start Kirk Cousins at quarterback Sunday when the team takes on the Atlanta Falcons, replacing star play caller Robert Griffin III.
The move was earlier reported by NFL Network and was confirmed by a team’s high-ranking official to ESPN.com.
Redskins players have been told that Griffin will be inactive for Sunday’s game. Veteran Rex Grossman will serve as Cousins’ backup.
Coach Mike Shanahan earlier revealed his plan to bench Griffin for the last three regular-season games, citing 24 sacks in the past five games and the desire to keep him healthy for the offseason.
Griffin’s offseason work prior to this season was compromised by the major knee injury he suffered in the team’s playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks in January.
Sources said team owner Dan Snyder would not intervene if Shanahan decided to make a switch at quarterback.
Cousins was the second quarterback the Redskins (3-10) took in the 2012 draft, going to Washington in the fourth round after the team took Griffin No. 2 overall.
Cousins appeared in three games last season, leading the Redskins to a victory over the Baltimore Ravens after Griffin left with an injury. He started the next week and carried the team to victory over the Cleveland Browns.
He finished the season with 466 yards on 33-of-48 passing with four touchdowns and three interceptions.
This season, Cousins has appeared in two games, including a mop-up role last Sunday in a blowout 45-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
As for Shanahan’s future with the Redskins, team sources said Tuesday that everything is “status quo.” His status for next season entering last weekend was questionable.
Shanahan has one year and $7 million left on his contract. The Redskins are 24-37 under Shanahan and clinched their third double-digit loss season in his four years as coach.