Shanahan: Cousins unlikely to play Saturday

Shanahan: Cousins unlikely to play Saturday
August 22, 2013, 5:15 pm
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CSN Update: Cousins will sit for third preseason game

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins hasn’t been ruled out of Saturday’s game, but Coach Mike Shanahan said he’s a “longshot” to face the Bills. 

If Cousins does not play, Shananan said backups Rex Grossman and Pat White will likely split the snaps “50-50.”

Shanahan also said he expects starters on both sides of the ball to play 20 snaps. That’s a lower total than usual for the third week of the preseason, presumably because of the team’s short turnaround after Monday night’s game.

Some other nuggets from Shanahan’s news conference:

  • Robert Griffin III, who began facing the first team defense on Wednesday, has practiced fully the past two days, Shanahan said. “It has been a full practice for him," the coach told reporters Thursday. "We’ve had a chance to go against [scout team]. We’ve had a chance to go against our defense. So he’s had two excellent days, same thing he would have during the regular season.”
  • Safety Brandon Meriweather has been held out of the previous two games as he recovers from ACL surgery and probably won’t play Saturday, either. “I just felt it’s a little early right now, watching him in practice," Shanahan said. "I think he’s close, but he’s not there yet. He might be ready for [Week 1], he might not.”
  • Cornerback Josh Wilson, who is working his way back from offseason shoulder surgery, will start, Shanahan said. Wilson did not play in the first two exhibitions.