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Washington Redskins to Start Kirk Cousins Over Robert Griffin III

The Washington Redskins announced Kirk Cousins — not Robert Griffin III — will start against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday.

Kirk Cousins Robert Griffin
Kirk Cousins Robert Griffin

Nov 7, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (12) against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Redskins 34-27. Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

There’s a new wrinkle in the ongoing coach-quarterback-owner saga in the nation’s capital, as the Washington Redskins announced Kirk Cousins — not Robert Griffin III — will start against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday.

Earlier this week, head coach Mike Shanahan stated he was considering benching Griffin for the remainder of the season.

According to sources close to the situation, Shanahan’s plan is “tentative” and would not rule out the coach changing his mind. NFL Network reported players have been told Griffin will be inactive against Atlanta.

Cousins will make his first start of the year. The second-year quarterback has appeared in two games this season, including during last week’s lopsided loss at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs. On Monday, Shanahan told the media he would discuss which quarterback to start with owner Dan Snyder before making a decision.

This is just the latest chapter of the Redskins’ disarray. Prior to Sunday’s game against Kansas City, ESPN.com reported Shanahan considered leaving the Redskins prior to the team’s playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks. According to the report, Shanahan was unhappy with Snyder’s tight-knit relationship with Griffin.

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