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Rex Grossman Listed As Inactive For Redskins’ Opener At Saints

By ZAC BOYER | @ZacBoyer

NEW ORLEANS – The Washington Redskins listed quarterback Rex Grossman as inactive for their season opener against New Orleans on Sunday, leaving rookie Kirk Cousins to serve as the backup to rookie Robert Griffin III.


Grossman, the starter for much of last year, was presumed to spend at least the early part of the season as the primary backup to Griffin in case of injury.

But Cousins, drafted in the fourth round out of Michigan State, had a strong preseason, completing 42 of his 73 passes for 560 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.

He threw for 264 yards and three touchdowns in the second half of the Redskins’ preseason loss to Chicago, then played into the third quarter against Tampa Bay in the final preseason game and completed 15 of 27 passes for 222 yards.

Head coach Mike Shanahan did not divulge any specifics as to who would serve as Griffin’s backup leading up to the game. With Grossman inactive for the first game, it’s likely Cousins will continue to be the No. 2 quarterback during the season.

Strong safety Brandon Meriweather, who sprained the MCL and PCL in his left knee in practice on Monday, and nose tackle Chris Baker, still battling an ankle injury sustained against Indianapolis on Aug. 25, were inactive.

Also listed as inactive for the Redskins on Sunday were receiver Dezmon Briscoe, left guard Josh LeRibeus, right guard Adam Gettis, cornerback Crezdon Butler.