According to multiple reports, Washington has decided to start Kirk Cousins at quarterback Sunday against the Falcons, with Robert Griffin III inactive despite not being listed with an injury.
Robert Griffin III
Coach Mike Shanahan acknowledged Monday that he was considering sitting Griffin to protect him while Washington (3-10) closes out a lost season. Griffin missed the entire offseason while recovering from knee surgery, and he clearly is not the same player he was last year, when he was named Offensive Rookie of the Year. Additionally, he hasn’t been protected well by his offensive line, leading to consideration to rest him for the final three games.
“You’ve got your franchise quarterback, and you want to make sure going into the offseason that he goes through a full offseason program,” Shanahan said Monday. “And that’s why I didn’t say [Griffin] was the starter. That’s just something in the back of my mind right now, and I’ll let you know in the next couple of days.”
Added Shanahan: “We had 24 sacks in the last five games, and you go against a [Chiefs] team that had two sacks in the last five games, I’m talking about his health. I want to make sure that he’s healthy. I think that’s the most important thing going into the offseason, that he has his first full season being healthy. If he did play, and something did happen to him, I think it would set our franchise back. That’s not to say I’m not going that way, that’s why I answered it the way I did.”
Griffin has completed 274-of-456 passes for 3,203 yards and 16 touchdowns with 16 interceptions this season.
Cousins, a fourth-round pick in 2012, has started one NFL game. He is 12-for-25 for 107 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions this season, including a stint in the late stages of Sunday’s 45-10 loss to the Chiefs. He reportedly will be backed up Sunday by veteran Rex Grossman.