The Washington Times - December 11, 2013, 10:03AM

The Washington Redskins will be proceeding with Kirk Cousins as their starting quarterback for Sunday’s road game against the Atlanta Falcons, pushing Robert Griffin III to the bench, according to a person familiar with the team’s plans.

Cousins entered in relief of Griffin this past Sunday in the fourth quarter of an eventual 45-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Griffin started the Redskins’ first 13 games.

During the portion of practice open to reporters on Wednesday, Cousins took snaps with the first-team offense, while Rex Grossman took snaps with the second team. Griffin did not take any snaps during those 20 minutes.

Coach Mike Shanahan chose not to commit to a starting quarterback after the game, and attempted to clarify on Monday that the decision would be based on Griffin’s long-term health. Griffin, who Shanahan said is completely healthy, tore the LCL in his right knee and needed the ACL reconstructed as well after last season, forcing him from all of offseason workouts.

He was sacked five times by the Chiefs on Sunday and has been sacked 38 times this season, which ties him for fifth-most in the league among starting quarterbacks. The number of hits Griffin has faced this season was a factor in Shanahan’s decision.

Cousins, Griffin and Shanahan are expected to speak to reporters later this afternoon after the team ends its scheduled 11:50 a.m. practice.

Shanahan said Monday that if Cousins were to start the game against the Falcons, he would proceed as the starter for the final two weeks of the season as well, including games against the Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field and on the road against the New York Giants.

Whether that remains the plan is still uncertain. Cousins has played in six games, starting one – coincidentally, the game against the Cleveland Browns last season, a 38-21 victory on Dec. 16.

If Griffin does not play the remainder of the season, he will finish having completed 60.1 percent of his passes for 3,203 yards, 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while also running for 489 yards.

Multiple outlets, including ESPN.com, reported the story early Wednesday.