Rex Grossman inactive, Kirk Cousins will back up Robert Griffin III

Rex Grossman

Redskins QB Rex Grossman is inactive for the Saints game

Ten-year veteran quarterback Rex Grossman will be on the Washington Redskins’ inactive list for the season-opener against the New Orleans Saints, the team announced Sunday morning.

The other inactives are strong safety Brandon Meriweather, who is nursing sprained ligaments in his left knee, wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe, cornerback Crezdon Butler, rookie guards Josh LeRibeus and Adam Gettis and nose tackle Chris Baker.

The most surprising move is sidelining Gossman,  who  started 13 games for the Redskins last season but lost his job when the team drafted Robert Griffin III second overall and named him starter after five rookie minicamp practice sessions.

The Redskins also drafted Kirk Cousins in April, taking him in the fourth round. This preseason, he logged more playing time than any of Washington’s quarterbacks, recording 42 completions for 560 yards and three touchdowns and two interceptions on 73 attempts.

It was believed that the team would go with Grossman as Griffin’s backup because of Grossman’s  experience. But with him among the seven inactive players for Sunday’s game, he wouldn’t be able to play, even if both Griffin and Cousins were hurt.

Grossman had a shaky first outing in the preseason, but then did well in the third game, completing all seven pass attempts – two of them touchdowns.

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