Report: Robert Griffin III will be inactive Sunday

Earlier Wednesday we told you about the Redskins almost inevitable decision to name Kirk Cousins the starter for Week 15. Mike Shanahan and Washington haven't made it official yet but details are starting to leak out, including the fact that Robert Griffin III won't even be active on Sunday.

Jeff Darlington of NFL Network reports that it will be Rex Grossman -- not Griffin -- backing up Cousins and that RG3 will be inactive for Washington when they head to Atlanta on Sunday.

Darlington was told by one Redskins player that the "prevention of franchise [quarterback] getting hurt was [the] explanation in [the] team meeting" when Griffin being benched was discussed.

That doesn't necessarily explain why Griffin's inactive, though, but it's about the only way that Shanahan can go with this decision, provided he wants to.

Another player was asked by Darlington if he thought Griffin's health was the real reason behind the quarterback's benching and replied, "I believe that's the best way to sell it."

In other words, this Redskins player -- like everyone else -- ain't buying what Shanahan is selling. Perhaps Robert Griffin III should be benched for his health -- or, more realistically already should have been benched -- but if you think that's why this is actually going down, I've got a bridge to sell you.

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Will Brinson joined CBS Sports in 2010 and enters his seventh season covering the NFL for CBS. He previously wrote for FanHouse along with myriad other Internet sites. A North Carolina native who lives... Full Bio

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