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Mike Shanahan thinking about shutting down RG3 for rest of 2013

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Mike Shanahan is thinking about benching his starting quarterback for the rest of the season. (USATSI)
Mike Shanahan is thinking about benching his starting quarterback for the rest of the season. (USATSI)

Last year, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan was heavily criticized for playing an already-injured Robert Griffin III in the team's playoff loss the Seahawks, which led to more injuries and a missed offseason for Griffin.

Now, with the 2013 season effectively finished in Washington, Griffin's season might be done as well.

Shanahan wouldn't say Monday whether he would start Griffin or Kirk Cousins this Sunday vs. Atlanta, but Shanahan did say that if he benches Griffin , he'll shut him down for the rest of the year.

Reading between the lines, this is what CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco has concluded:

Though Griffin hasn't been nearly as good in his second season as he was when he was a rookie, Shanahan said this isn't an instance where he's benching his quarterback because of performance issues. Instead, he'd do it to keep Griffin healthy going into the offseason.

Still, Shanahan said, "I think he's 100 percent. I think he's feeling very good right now."

Shanahan said he would decide on his starter by Wednesday, but you also have to wonder if Shanahan's possible benching isn't a statement to his boss, Daniel Snyder.

As for Shanahan's job status, as of 3:45 p.m. ET Monday, he still has one with the Redskins.

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