Jay Gruden doesn't rule out using Kirk Cousins over healthy RGIII

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Kirk Cousins steps up big after RGIII injures ankle
Monday September 15th, 2014

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden did not have a definitive answer when asked Monday whether Kirk Cousins could play well enough to hold on to the quarterback job even after Robert Griffin III is healthy again. 

Griffin dislocated his ankle during Sunday's win over Jacksonville. An MRI showed there was no fracture and the quarterback could avoid surgery. 

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Cousins took over for Griffin on Sunday and threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. After the win, he told reporters, "This is Robert's team." But Gruden wouldn't commit to using either quarterback down the road. 

“We’ll cross that bridge when that comes. Right now we’re going to prepare with Kirk Cousins as our starter, and Robert’s going to rehab. All decisions after that will come after that,” Gruden said, according to ProFootballTalk.

Gruden said Monday there's no timetable right now for Griffin's return. Several surgeons told the Washington Post that the best case scenario for his recovery would put him out for six to eight weeks.

Washington travels to Philadelphia on Sunday.

- Molly Geary

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