Kirk Cousins Will Start at Quarterback Against Cleveland Over RG III

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The Cleveland Browns won't have to wait until Sunday to find out: after suffering a knee injury last week, Washington Redskins starting quarterback Robert Griffin III will not make the start on Sunday. Instead, his backup, rookie fourth-rounder Kirk Cousins, will make the start instead.

One of the first people to report the news was ESPN's Adam Schefter, who tweeted, "At team meeting minutes ago, Redskins players were informed Kirk Cousins will start at Cleveland, according to text from person in room." Shortly thereafter, the Redskins' public relations team confirmed the news.

A little bit later, Griffin himself tweeted the following: "The decision was not my own, but I will be there for my team n every way I possibly can." At this time, I don't know if it's been confirmed whether Griffin will be available as an emergency quarterback or not. My guess is that he will be inactive, because team doctors were originally supposed to give him the go-ahead or not. If something were to happen to Cousins on Sunday, Rex Grossman would likely fill in.

On one hand, I'm disappointed that the Browns won't get the opportunity to face an electrifying guy like Griffin. On the other hand, this improves the odds of Cleveland winning tremendously, and should make them the favorites to win their fourth consecutive game.

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