NFC East Blog
ESPN's John Keim reports the Redskins will start QB Kirk Cousins in their Week 15 game vs. Atlanta. Coach Mike Shanahan raised the possibility Monday of benching Griffin for the last three regular-season games, citing 24 sacks in the past five games and the desire to keep him healthy for the offseason. Griffin's offseason work this year was compromised by the major knee injury he suffereed in the team's playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks in January. A team source on Tuesday said owner Dan Snyder would not intervene if Shanahan decided to make a switch at quarterback.
Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks didn't play in Week 12 because, according to head coach Tom Coughlin, a groin injury kept him from practicing enough. Nicks says he could have played against the Cowboys, but that's in the past. And that extra week off has Nicks feeling "real good" physically heading into Sunday night's game versus the Redskins.
"I think I showed them enough this week in practice," Nicks said. "So, I think everything will be good to go."
Lance Dunbar's season got started late due to a preseason foot injury, got put on hold in the middle due to a hamstring strain and will end early due to ligament damage in his left knee. Dunbar confirmed the injury on Friday and said he is out for the season. Dunbar suffered the injury during the Cowboys' win over the Raiders on Thursday.
"It's a tough pill to swallow. I'm hurting right now," Dunbar said via Rainer Sabin of the Dallas Morning News.
Dunbar's season concludes with 150 rushing yards on 30 carries in nine games. Rookie Joseph Randle is now the direct backup to DeMarco Murray.