Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 12/15/12
The Washington Redskins will not be risking further injury to their franchise quarterback as they travel to Cleveland to face the Browns on Sunday. The team announced on Saturday that fellow-rookie Kirk Cousins will start against the Browns, not Robert Griffin III. Griffin sprained his LCL against the Ravens in Week 15. The Redskins are still very much in the playoff race, though they’re currently one game behind the NFC East division-leading New York Giants and both wild card teams — the Seahawks and Bears. Griffin tweeted that the decision was not his own, though he’ll be cheering the team on from the sidelines. The decision was not my own... But I will be there for my team!!! In every way I possibly can— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) December 16, 2012 The Browns may not seem imposing with their 5-8 record, but they’ve strung together three straight impressive wins over the Steelers, Raiders and Chiefs. They’ve also played close against the Bengals, Ravens, Colts and Cowboys this season led by rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden and an underrated defense.

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