LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Kirk Cousins and Rex Grossman began practice Wednesday as the first and second quarterbacks for the Washington Redskins while Robert Griffin III was waiting in queue.
The shuffling of the premiere position confirms head coach Mike Shanahan opted to proceed with a plan he says was designed to protect the health of Griffin entering the offseason. The highly trumpeted quarterback missed the entirety of last offseason while recovering from reconstructive knee surgery.
Shanahan said Monday he was unsure whether Griffin or Cousins would be the starting quarterback against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. The coach, who appears to be in his final days with the Redskins, said Cousins would start for the remainder of the season if he were to start in Atlanta.
Shanahan reportedly would only change his mind if Griffin convinced him to do so. Apparently those efforts failed and the second-overall pick of last year’s draft will be inactive as the team plays the three remaining games.
Cousins took over for Griffin in the fourth quarter of last Sunday’s lopsided loss to the Kansas City Chiefs and has one previous NFL start in his career.
Grossman has been inactive for the entirety of this season with the team opting to go with just two quarterbacks.
Grossman, now in his 11th season, last played in the final game of the 2011, a 34-10 road loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The defeat capped a disappointing 5-11 season in Shanahan’s second year as head coach.
Team owner Daniel Snyder reportedly will not interfere with the Shanahan’s decision.
Both Shanahan and Griffin are schedule to address the media following the team’s practice Wednesday.