Griffin not playing for Redskins

Robert Griffin III won’t be running wild or throwing passes for

the Redskins. He can only watch them.

Washington’s electrifying rookie quarterback is inactive for

Sunday’s game against the Browns, eliminating any chance of him

helping his teammates continue their NFC playoff push.

Griffin sprained his right knee last week against Baltimore, and

after days of speculation about his playing status, the Redskins

announced late Saturday night that rookie Kirk Cousins will

start.

Cousins, who came off the bench last week against Baltimore

after Griffin got hurt, will make his first career start and

veteran Rex Grossman will be Washington’s No. 2 QB. Grossman has

been inactive for every other game this season.

Griffin sustained a mild sprain of the lateral collateral

ligament when he took a scary hit from Ravens defensive tackle

Haloti Ngata following a 13-yard run late in the fourth quarter. He

was limited in practice all week, but as of Friday it appeared he

might play and coach Mike Shanahan was keeping tight lipped about

his young star’s status.

The 22-year-old RG3 was one of the first players on the field

Sunday morning. He seemed to be moving well with a brace on his

knee. At that point, it still wasn’t official that he would not be

inactive, and the Redskins (7-6) didn’t make it known that No. 10

would suit up at all until 90 minutes before kickoff.

The Browns spent all week preparing to face Griffin, who is tied

with New England’s Tom Brady for the league lead in passer rating

and who has dazzled opponents and fans with his speed and arm

strength.

His absence could be a break for the Browns (5-8). Cleveland has

won three straight games and is still in the playoff chase after

starting the season 0-5.

Cousins rallied the Redskins in the fourth quarter last week,

throwing a late touchdown pass and ran for a 2-point conversion

before the Ravens won in overtime. Washington selected Cousins in

the fourth round of April’s draft. The former Michigan State star

was somewhat of surprise pick because the Redskins had already

selected Griffin after trading several picks to St. Louis to move

up to get last season’s Heisman Trophy winner.

Cousins also played earlier this season after Griffin sustained

a concussion against Atlanta. He has completed 7 of 11 passes for

137 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

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