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Browns preparing for both Kirk Cousins and Robert Griffin III

Robert Griffin III in pain on the turf at FedEx Field after his injury Sunday. (NIck Wass/AP)


With Robert Griffin III hindered by a mild sprain of a ligament in his right knee, the Cleveland Browns are preparing this week to face either Redskins rookie quarterback, Griffin or Kirk Cousins, on Sunday, Coach Pat Shurmur said.

“When it’s something like this where you’re not sure who’s going to play quarterback,” Shurmur said in a conference call with D.C. area reporters, “what we do is prepare for the Washington Redskins’ offense…. We have to prepare for, really, all those elements as we move forward.”

Shurmur said he’s not certain how different the Redskins’ offensive approach would be if Cousins plays in place of Griffin.

“I don’t know,” he said. “It’s hard to tell. And that’s why you prepare for the full offense. I’m sure there’s things that RGIII has done that are really not traditional NFL-type plays that Kirk can still run. It would be hard for us to guess. We just have to move forward and prepare like either one will play.”

Shurmur praised Cousins, who threw a touchdown pass and ran for a tying two-point conversion in the final minute of the Redskins’ overtime victory last Sunday at home over the Baltimore Ravens.

“I know a lot about him and I think he’s everything you want in a quarterback in terms of his ability to lead,” Shurmur said. “He won a lot of football games in college and he just won another one here in the NFL, which is not easy to do. That’s the starting point. There’s not as much out there as far as his mastery of [the Redskins’] offense. But they had no problem putting him in the ballgame. So I’m sure he’s ready to go.”


Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.



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