At first, Robert Griffin III was held from contact drills at training camp, and then it was released that Head Coach Mike Shanahan planned to sit him through the whole preseason. While Griffin has been voicing his opinion contrary to that of Shanahan’s, backup quarterback Kirk Cousins, who could probably be a starter for another NFL franchise, has been taking most of the first-team reps.
Cousins was chosen in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL draft. While many people disagreed with the extensive options forfeited for the ability to choose Griffin at second overall, they were even more baffled when Shanahan chose Cousins. As the season went on and Griffin had to be sidelined due to injury sustained during his scramble heavy offense, Cousins proved he was capable to being a professional quarterback. Suddenly, Shanahan’s plan started to make sense.
The plan was that at least if Griffin goes down, Cousins can take his place.
Well, the Redskins just have bad luck. During the second preseason game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cousins injured his right foot, just like Griffin, scrambling from the pocket for a first down. After the game, Cousins was seen in a boot, using crutches to exit the locker room.
So far, everything seems hopeful.
“He’s OK, people,” Griffin stated to reporters that flocked around the two quarterbacks after the game.
Cousins was walking around the sideline after the injury trying to prove that if this was a regular season game, he could have continued to play.
“When I first did it, it didn’t feel like it was anything serious,” Cousins stated. “It feels almost like a sprained ankle, just in the middle of my foot.”
We are still awaiting the doctors’ report, however, Redskins fans should worry. After all, the back-up plan may need a back-up plan.