WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Redskins players have been told Rex Grossman will backup newly named starter Kirk Cousins on Sunday, and Robert Griffin III will be deactivated, according to Jeff Darlington of NFL.com.
This report comes hours after Jay Glazer of Fox Sports broke the news that head coach Mike Shanahan is leaning in the direction of benching Griffin the remainder of the season, in favor of Cousins.
Shanahan stated Monday he was unsure whether Griffin or backup Kirk 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.
Darlington says he was told by a Redskins’ player that “prevention of franchise qb getting hurt” was the explanation given in a team meeting for the moves.
Grossman last played in 2011, making 13 starts for the Redskins. During that span he threw for 3151 yards, 16 touchdowns and 21 interceptions, with a quarterback rating of 72.4.
As others have stated: Kirk Cousins and Rex Grossman were the first and second QB's to take reps in today's team drills. #Redskins—
Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) December 11, 2013