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Robert Griffin III Inactive Against Browns; Rex Grossman Will Serve As Backup

By ZAC BOYER | @ZacBoyer

CLEVELAND – Not only will Robert Griffin III not play for the Washington Redskins because of a sprained right knee, but he will be inactive Sunday at Cleveland, the team announced before the game.


Kirk Cousins will make his first start in place of Griffin, who sprained the LCL in his right knee a week ago against Baltimore. Rex Grossman, the starter for much of last season, will be active and in uniform for the first time this year and will be Cousins’ backup.

The team announced Griffin would not play Saturday night. He injured the knee while scrambling late in the fourth quarter against the Ravens on Dec. 9, and though he briefly returned to the game, he did so without understanding the severity of the injury.

In addition to Griffin, receivers Brandon Banks and Dezmon Briscoe, offensive linemen Adam Gettis, Josh LeRibeus and Tom Compton and linebacker Roddrick Muckelroy will be inactive for the Redskins.