Rex Grossman accepts decision to deactivate him for first two games

Veteran quarterback Rex Grossman has been on the inactive list for the Washington Redskins’ first two games, putting him third on the team’s hierarchy at the position behind a pair of rookies, starter Robert Griffin III and primary backup Kirk Cousins.

Grossman isn’t complaining about the situation. He said Thursday he can live with the arrangement and plans to remain prepared to help the team in any capacity.

“The whole thing is taking the approach to be ready if an opportunity comes my way [and] if not, to be there and be helpful and do everything I can to help this team win,” Grossman said as he walked off the practice field at Redskins Park.

Rex Grossman (Nick Wass/The Associated Press)

Grossman re-signed as a free agent during the offseason to be a reserve. The Redskins traded up in the NFL draft order in March to select Griffin, the Heisman Trophy winner from Baylor, second overall in April. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan named Griffin the team’s starter long before training camp, removing all doubts with an offseason announcement.

But it is a bit of a surprise that the Redskins have made Cousins, a fourth-round draft choice out of Michigan State, the top backup to Griffin in the season’s first two games. Cousins has been on the active game-day roster in each game.

The experience factor seemed to work strongly in Grossman’s favor in that regard entering the season, even when Cousins played well in some preseason games.

Asked Thursday how the coaching staff’s decision was explained to him, Grossman said: “Nothing really needed to be explained other than my role is basically what it is right now. I’m still very motivated if something were to happen to be ready to play.”

Grossman said he could remain in the same role all season, if asked to do so, without becoming discontented.

“Yeah,” he said, “I’m looking forward to being a part of this team in whatever way I can, whatever I can do to help.”


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Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.



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