Redskins QB Cousins to face young Falcons defense

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins will be facing a Falcons

defense that includes at least four rookie starters as he makes his

first start of the season.

Coach Mike Shanahan benched Robert Griffin III this week for the

final three games. Griffin is Washington’s inactive third

quarterback Sunday. Rex Grossman is the backup for Cousins.

The Falcons are holding out safety Thomas DeCoud (concussion).

Rookie safety Zeke Motta will make his first start, joining

cornerback Desmond Trufant and linebackers Paul Worrilow and Joplo

Bartu as first-year starters.

Running back Antone Smith (knee) also is inactive for


Redskins rookie tight end Jordan Reed (concussion) will miss his

fourth straight game. Chris Baker is starting ahead of defensive

end Kedric Golston.

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