The Washington Redskins are set to announce that Kirk Cousins will be their starting quarterback to start the season over Robert Griffin III.
The development in the Redskins’ quarterback situation is being reported by ESPN's Dianna Russini, who based the report on word from the Redskins’ coaching staff, who informed the players of the decision. The Redskins will open the season against the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 13.
"Nobody has told me anything like that," ESPN quoted Cousins as saying. "If I want to stay in this league, I've got to be ready all the time. If they want me to start, I'll do my best, but that's weeks away."
Griffin, who has missed the team’s most recent preseason game because of concussion-like symptoms, is reportedly involved in trade discussions as well. However, there are varying opinions within the Washington organization, with the ownership preferring not to trade the star but often-injured quarterback while coaches and front office personnel wants him to be traded.
The QB situation in the Redskins’ camp comes as a surprise even as head coach Jay Gruden announced earlier in the 2015 offseason that Griffin would be the starting quarterback for the team.
The Redskins are 3-0 in the 2015 preseason with Griffin getting injured in last week’s 21-17 win over the Detroit Lions while Cousins got the nod at the starting QB spot in their 31-13 victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
Cousins did well in place of RG3 under center finishing with 190 passing yards on 20 of 27 completions with a touchdown and an interception. Cousins and the Redskins finish their preseason schedule against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
In related Redskins news, the team cut 13 players Monday to go down to 75 players on the roster. The deadline to name the 53-man roster is on Saturday.