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Numbers Crunch Led To Rex Grossman Being Active Against Cowboys

By ZAC BOYER

zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – DeJon Gomes’ inability to play Sunday because of a sprained MCL in his left knee was the reason why the Washington Redskins decided to allow Rex Grossman to be active for the final game of the regular season, head coach Mike Shanahan said.

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Gomes, who sprained the knee at Philadelphia the week before, was unable to display the mobility required to play safety during a pregame workout – something the team did not anticipate.

“With the guys that we had inactive, I thought that Rex was the next best person to be up,” Shanahan said. “Nobody could really help us in the special teams area, either first or second team, so there would not have been a difference-maker there. Then when I took a look at all of our options, I said there’s no question Rex should be up.”

It was only the second time this season that Grossman, the team’s starter for much of 2011, was active, though he did not play either time. It was also the first time that all three quarterbacks – starter Robert Griffin III and backup Kirk Cousins being the other two – were in uniform and able to play.

Cousins assumed the role as the backup quarterback after a strong preseason and played in three games, replacing Griffin late because of injury against Atlanta and Baltimore and starting in Griffin’s place against Cleveland.

Grossman signed a one-year, $1.3 million contract to return to the Redskins in March with the primary responsibility of mentoring Griffin.

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