The Washington Redskins and head coach Mike Shanahan have decided to shut down quarterback Robert Griffin III for the rest of the season. The move was made in an effort to protect Griffin from further injuring himself and protecting him for the 2014 season. Griffin confirmed the moved earlier.
“I’m sure everybody knows by now that coach decided to shut me down for the rest of the season. We talked, I talked to coach, he talked to me about it. I expressed my desire to play,” Griffin said at his press conference which was aired on ESPN and NFL Network. ” He explained to me his reasoning. At the end of the day, coach’s decision is what we go with.”
That means back up quarterback Kirk Cousins will start, but he was clear to say that this is Griffin’s team.
“Even as I start this week, I believe that this is Robert’s team going forward into next season,” Cousins said, via Pro Football Talk. “The reason they’re resting Robert is because this is his team, he is the franchise quarterback. They wouldn’t rest him if that wasn’t the case. So my job is to help this team get a win against Atlanta and then the last two weeks after that. I’m going to try to excel in my role as a backup quarterback to Robert.”