Kirk Cousins will start in lieu of Robert Griffin III on Sunday for the Washington Redskins when they face off against the Atlanta Falcons.
Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan raised the possibility Monday of benching 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, according to ESPN.
Redskins players have been told Rex Grossman will backup Kirk Cousins on Sunday — and Robert Griffin III will be inactive.
— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) December 11, 2013
Dan Snyder will not intervene with Shanahan’s decision to make a switch at quarterback, said a team source.
Cousins was the second quarterback the Redskins 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 during the 2012 season, leading the Redskins to a victory over the Baltimore Ravens after Griffin left with an injury and starting the next week against the Cleveland Browns, another victory. He finished the season with 466 yards on 33-of-48 passing with four touchdowns and three interceptions.
Cousins has appeared in two games this season.