The Redskins are going to start Kirk Cousins at quarterback against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, the team announced on its Twitter feed.
Adam Schefter of ESPN first reported that the rookie will replace Robert Griffin III in the lineup. A team official confirmed the move to Tarik El-Bashir of CSNwashington.com.
This will be Cousins’ first career start. He came into last Sunday’s game against the Ravens after Griffin went out with a knee injury late in the fourth quarter. Cousins rallied the team, throwing a touchdown pass and running in a two-point conversion to send the game into overtime. The Redskins won 31-28.
That was not Cousins’ first NFL action. He came into the Redskins’ game against the Falcons after Griffin left with a concussion late in the third quarter. He threw a 77-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss but he also threw two interceptions. On the year Cousins is 7 for 11 for 137 yards with three touchdowns and the two interceptions.
For much of the week it looked like Griffin might play, which would have been remarkable considering how gruesome the injury looked when it happened. When Ravens nose tackle Haloti Ngata hit Griffin while the quarterback was scrambling, his knee whipped back at a very unnatural angle. Griffin looked like he had good mobility in the portion of practice that was open to the media.
However, a report came out on Friday that Cousins had been taking all of first team reps all week and that Griffin had only been taking part in individual drills.
Evidently Griffin thought he could play as evidenced by his tweet after the decision was announced.
The decision was not my own...But I will be there for my team!!! In every way I possibly can— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) December 16, 2012