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Dec 16, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (center) watches the action against the Cleveland Browns in the third quarter at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Shanahan: Barring A Setback, Robert Griffin III To Start Sunday

Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan spoke with the media on Wednesday and everyone wanted to get an update on the status of rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Griffin was inactive last week against the Cleveland Browns after suffering a knee sprain thanks to a brutal hit from Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman Haloti Ngata just a week before.

So what is Griffin’s status for Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles?

Shanahan told reports that, barring any setback, Griffin will start for the Redskins.

Griffin reportedly wanted to play last week against the Browns after gaining confidence in his knee throughout the week of practice, but fellow rookie signal-caller Kirk Cousins was given the start instead.

It is a good sign for the Redskins who need to stay in the thick of the race atop the NFC East. It will also allow Griffin to get right back in the mix for the Rookie of the Year conversation.

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