Robert Griffin III won't play, Rex Grossman will be backup

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Already, we knew that Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III wouldn't start Sunday vs. the Browns as he recovers from his sprained knee and that Kirk Cousins, last week's hero vs. the Ravens, would receive his first career start.

Now, it's offiical. Griffin isn't active Sunday and Rex Grossman will be Cousins' backup.

Which makes sense. If the Redskins don't feel Griffin can start, there's not much sense in having him dressed for an emergency. At this point, Washington is better off making sure Griffin won't play and focus on trying to get him healthy for the final two weeks of the season rather than risk further injury to its franchise quarterback.

Meanwhile, Cousins will look to replicate his magic from last week. He replaced Griffin in the fourth quarter vs. Baltimore, threw a touchdown pass and then ran in the two-point conversion to tie the game and send it to overtime. Cousins tried to downplay his performance this week.

"You go 2-for-2, everybody loves you," Cousins said. "You go 0-2, everybody hates you."

Just because Griffin won't play on Sunday, though, doesn't mean he is totally inactive.

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