Redskins' Cousins ready to play if asked

Redskins' Cousins ready to play if asked
December 10, 2013, 5:00 pm
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If Robert Griffin III doesn’t play in Atlanta—Coach Mike Shanahan hasn’t said who’ll get the nod—second-year quarterback Kirk Cousins will get the second start of his NFL career.

Cousins replaced Griffin late in Sunday’s loss to 45-10 loss to the Chiefs. When Cousins was told in the locker room after the game that Shanahan hadn’t committed to Griffin, he said he would not change his approach.

“I just prepare every game like I’m the starter,” Cousins said. “I have to be ready. I don’t want to get called into a game, like this game, and not have prepared the way I need to. So I’ll prepare the same as every week and do whatever I’m coached to do.”

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Cousins won his first career start, a 38-21 decision in Cleveland last December. In two relief appearances this season, he’s 12 of 25 passing for 107 yards with two interceptions and no touchdowns.

On Sunday night, he said he had not been given any indication of his role the final three weeks of the season.

“I just roll with whatever I’m coached to do and stay ready and control what I can control,” he said at FedEx Field. “At the end of the day, I’m going to do what I’m coached to do. I’m going to submit to the authorities above me, which starts with the owner and then coach Shanahan and Bruce Allen and on the way down. I’m going to do what they tell me to do and roll with it.” 

Shanahan said Monday that a quarterback decision could be announced on Wednesday. He is scheduled to speak to reporters after practice.

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Shanahan said on Monday that he's considering benching Griffin, who has been sacked 24 times the past five games, in an effort to protect the franchise quarterback.