Kirk Cousins to take over as Washington Redskins quarterback on Sunday

Last Updated: 12/12/13 5:01pm

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Kirk Cousins: Replacing Robert Griffin III under center against the Falcons

Kirk Cousins: Replacing Robert Griffin III under center against the Falcons

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Kirk Cousins will start at quarterback for the Washington Redskins against the Atlanta Falcons this weekend.

Cousins replaces Robert Griffin III, their No 2 pick in the 2012 draft, and Griffin will be inactive for Sunday's game with Rex Grossman backing up Cousins.

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said on Monday that he was considering benching Griffin for the rest of the season to keep the quarterback healthy for the off-season.

Griffin has been sacked 24 times in the Redskins' last five games, and this decision could bring an early end to a season that has been plagued by inconsistency.

He suffered a serious knee injury at the end of last season and much of his 2013 off-season was spent in rehab, leading to a slow start and Griffin cutting back on his rushing attempts as well.

Griffin has completed 60.1% of his passing attempts for 3,203 yards and 16 touchdowns, but he has thrown 12 interceptions, been sacked 38 times and fumbled on 11 occasions.

Cousins was also drafted in 2012, in the fourth round, and he appeared in three games last season after Griffin was hurt - he threw four touchdowns and three picks.

Shanahan's future with the Redskins has come under the spotlight this season and they head into the closing weeks with a 3-10 record - he is only 24-37 since taking over but has one year left on his contract.

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