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Redskins to start Kirk Cousins at quarterback against Cleveland

Rookie Kirk Cousins will get his first start against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) Rookie Kirk Cousins will get his first start against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

The Washington Redskins will start rookie Kirk Cousins at quarterback for the team's road game against the Cleveland Browns, reports FoxSports.com.

The team was informed of the decision at a meeting on Saturday night.

Robert Griffin III, who started Washington's first 13 games, was injured in the 31-28 overtime win against the Baltimore Ravens last week. Griffin was diagnosed with a Grade 1 sprain of the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee, but still participated in practice this week on a limited basis.

When asked if Griffin would have a chance to start, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said, "No, not really. We'll get a chance to evaluate him (on Saturday) and talk to the doctors."

Cousins took all of the first-team repetitions this week in practice and led the Redskins to victory against the Ravens after Griffin was hurt. Cousins has two touchdowns and two interceptions in limited action this season, but completed both of his passes, including one for a touchdown as he brought the Redskins back from an eight-point deficit against Ravens.

Griffin has thrown for 2,902 yards with 18 touchdowns and four interceptions.

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