Might the Redskins consider sitting quarterback Kirk Cousins—along with other starters—when they play their regular season finale in Dallas on Sunday?
It’s on the table, according to Coach Jay Gruden, even though Cousins has not appeared on the injury report all season. In fact, Cousins has made a career-high 15 starts this season and played all but a handful of snaps. (Colt McCoy saw a series at the end of the blowout win over the Saints in Week 10.)
“There’s arguments for that, yes,” Gruden said.
The Redskins (8-7) have already clinched the NFC East and will host a playoff game the following weekend.
Gruden said the decision on Cousins’ status in Dallas will depend on whether other key players, who are nicked up and in need of rest, are playing or sitting.
(Translation: if more than one member of the first string offensive line sits, it could make more sense to play McCoy...just in case. All five of the Redskins’ regular linemen played in Philly, but a few are banged up. Namely right tackle Morgan Moses and center Josh LeRibeus, both of whom are nursing ankle injuries. Left tackle Trent Williams, meantime, has played through some bumps and bruises in recent weeks.)
“We’ll have to wait and see and talk about it as a staff and see where the injury report stands with Kirk and see how he’s feeling,” Gruden added. “But I think he is pretty injury free. …If he is injury free, a lot will depend on who’s playing around him, and [we'll] go from there. We’ll make a decision on that, yeah.”
Gruden also acknowledged that he and his assistants must also weigh the benefits of resting Cousins and others vs. disrupting the team’s momentum. Cousins is playing the best football of his career while the Redskins have won four of their last five games and appear to be peaking at the right time.
Indeed, it could make for a tough choice in the coming days.
“It’s a big game for us to keep our momentum,” Gruden said. “But we also have to be smart about the guys that are a little bit [banged up] and get them well for the playoffs.”