LANDOVER — The Redskins decided to sit quarterback Kirk Cousins for Friday night’s preseason game against the New York Jets.

Cousins played just one series in the preseason opener against Atlanta. He is expected to play the first half of next week’s home game against Buffalo before sitting out the finale.

Cousins took part in warm ups hours before the game and was in full pads just 30 minutes prior to kickoff. But the decision had already been made to rest him and use backup Colt McCoy in the first half.

Injury is not a factor here. Cousins took all his regular repetitions in practice on Wednesday and didn’t appear to be struggling on any of his throws.

He wasn’t the only key Redskins player to sit. As expected, left tackle Trent Williams (right knee) missed his second preseason game. Williams has been on the practice field, but for over a week now has been limited to individual drills.

Also, tight end Jordan Reed (sprained left thumb) and inside linebacker Will Compton did not play. Reed has been a full participant in practice since missing the Falcons game so it’s unlikely that injury is a factor there. Compton appears to be a healthy scratch. He, too, has been a full participant at practice.

Other key veterans who sat out the game included wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan and cornerbacks Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland. The Redskins were taking no chances on Friday night with injuries.

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