Kirk Cousins practices with Redskins’ first team

Kirk Cousins, left, Rex Grossman, second from right, and Robert Griffin III, right, listen to quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur at Wednesday’s practice. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Quarterback Kirk Cousins took snaps with the starting offense during the portion of the Washington Redskins’ practice Wednesday that was open to media members.

Rex Grossman followed Cousins. Robert Griffin III took no snaps during the portion of practice that was open to the media. Griffin was on the field and threw passes during other drills.

It was not known how the snaps were to be divided during full team drills later in the practice, which is closed to reporters.

Several people familiar with the situation said earlier Wednesday that Cousins is to start Sunday’s game at Atlanta ahead of Griffin. Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday he was considering sitting down Griffin in favor of Cousins for the remainder of season to protect Griffin, who has been sacked 24 times in the last five games.

Tweets from Ashburn

For all the latest news today, click on this running Redskins story.

What’s ahead:

●  Wednesday’s practice began at 11:50 p.m. Coach Mike Shanahan and quarterback Robert Griffin III are scheduled to meet with reporters after practice.

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Post Sports Live on Shanahan benching RGIII:

The Post Sports Live crew debates whether quarterback Robert Griffin III will be benched for the rest of the season and what would be Mike Shanahan's motivation in choosing to play Kirk Cousins instead. (Post Sports Live/The Washington Post)
Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.



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