Kirk Cousins to start in Cleveland instead of RGIII

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that reserve quarterback Kirk Cousins will start in place of injured Robert Griffin III on Sunday when the Redskins travel to Cleveland to face the Browns.

Griffin injured his right knee last Sunday in the waning minutes of the ‘Skins win against the Ravens. Earlier this week, it was revealed that Cousins would start, but the Redskins quickly played said report off as a verbal gaffe as the quarterback continued to practice.

Griffin, the odds on favorite for the 2012 NFL Rookie of the Year, has a passer rating of 104.2 after throwing for 2,902 yards and 18 touchdowns.

The Browns have won three consecutive games heading into Sunday and remain in the AFC postseason hunt after starting off 0-5 on the year.

 [Related: Redskins vs. Browns Reader’s Survey]

  • Craig Lyndall

    Even Browns stuff aside, I’d be nervous playing him if I was the Redskins. He narrowly avoided serious injury a week ago, and there’s no greater risk to serious injury than when you’re already weakened and favoring it. I’m extra sensitive to it having had both my ACLs replaced, and I’m far from a doctor, but based on my experiences and putting myself in ‘Skins fans’ position, I’d be OK sitting him. Plus, at least in limited reps, it seems like Kirk Cousins presents them with a very good chance to compete and win against the Browns.

  • Kildawg

    Good call for the Skins to try to save Griffin from further injury. One might say that Griffin is injury-prone. No reason why the Browns shouldn’t have a four game win streak for the first time in three years.

  • FaerTheRoo

    Either way it’s bad for the Browns. Two reactions will be “Haha the Browns beat Cousins big deal they still suck” or “Haha the Browns lost to Cousins they suck”

    Each of our last three wins have an asterisk by them. Beating Charlie Batch, Oakland, and KC. It’s tough to get a measure of how good or bad this team will be going forward.

  • Dee P

    But I’m sure Jaws has Cousins ranked higher than Weeden.

  • mgbode

    if we end with 8 asterik wins, then who cares what anyone else thinks?

  • Garry_Owen

    So, apropos to almost nothing, I just discovered today that I knew RG3 when he was a little boy. I never connected the dots until talking to an old Army buddy today, but I served for 2 years in the same company at Fort Hood with his dad. In fact, I knew RG2 very well, and sometimes hung out with and played with his son at company picnics; but I only knew RG2 as “SFC Griffin.” Crazy. I never connected those dots.

    So hey, I’ve got that going for me, which is nice.

  • FearTheRoo

    Well that’s not very likely

  • BuckeyeDawg

    I’m sure Cousins can hold his own, but any Skins fans out there who think Cousins has a great chance to win this game is fooling themselves.

    Stuff the box and make Cousins beat us. If he does, so be it, and congrats to him. I’ll take my chances with a rookie making his first start against our defense on the road.

  • C-Bus Kevin

    I wouldn’t be mad at the Redskins for sitting RG3, but I would be VERY disappointed. Washington hasn’t made the post season since before the Browns’ last appearance.

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  • BuckeyeDawg

    I guess that’s what you would call a backfire. We did exactly what I said and got torched by a rookie in his first start. Hmfp.