Backup QB Kirk Cousins has the flu, misses practice


Kirk Cousins (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said that backup quarterback Kirk Cousins didn’t practice because of the flu.

Left guard Kory Lichtensteiger (ankle), linebacker London Fletcher (ankle) and cornerback D.J. Johnson (knee) also did not practice.

Cornerback Cedric Griffin returned to practice following his four-game suspension. Shanahan said “he looked like a guy that’s been away for a few weeks,” but that no decision has been made on his availability for Sunday.

Shanahan said that quarterback Robert Griffin III continues to wear a brace. He “probably doesn’t have to wear it, but doctors thought it would be best,” Shanahan said.

Shanahan praised the kick returning performance of Niles Paul and said his 48-yard runback late against Dallas was one of the big differences in the game.

Shanahan spoke highly of Seattle coach Pete Carroll, and said he wanted to bring him to Denver as a defensive coordinator, but Carroll went to San Francisco instead.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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