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Redskins Officially Shutdown RGIII for the Rest of the 2013 Season

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Redskins Officially Shutdown RGIII

The Washington Redskins have officially shutdown Robert Griffin III for the 2013 season, and will start Kirk Cousins at quarterback Sunday against Atlanta.

Cousins will be making his second NFL start. He started and won a game at Cleveland late last season when Griffin, then also a rookie, was hurt. He also played in the late stages of last Sunday’s 45-10 defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs at FedEx Field.

Kirk doesn’t believe shutting down Griffin for the rest of the season changes RG3′s role as the teams franchise quarterback.

Shanahan said Monday that he was considering sitting down Griffin for the remainder of the season to protect the quarterback after he absorbed 24 sacks in the Redskins’ past five games.

The head coach said Wednesday that he asked Daniel Snyder and Bruce Allen both for their assurances that benching Griffin was the right thing to do.

Griffin had thrown 16 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions this season after throwing 20 touchdown passes with only five interceptions last season, when he was named the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year.

RG3 will be officially listed as inactive for the rest of the season and Rex Grossman will be the number two quarterback, at least for the time being.


Many have speculated that Shanahan making the move of benching Griffin could be his way of trying to get fired so he can collect the last year of his contract without having to spend anymore time with the franchise. At this point in the conversation that’s simply speculation, but the head coach of the Washington Redskins is on the hot seat, and the temperature seems to be rising by the day….stay tuned.

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