Rex Grossman Sick With Pneumonia, Will Remain In Hospital For 48 Hours

Washington Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman has pneumonia and will be in the hospital for 48 hours, coach Mike Shanahan announced.

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Rex Grossman Update: Redskins' QB Has Pneumonia, Remains In Hospital

Washington Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman remains hospitalized with pneumonia, coach Mike Shanahan said in a news conference Monday afternoon; CBS Washington has the complete audio. Grossman was unavailable for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers, leaving John Beck as the team's only healthy quarterback. Fortunately for Washington, Beck escaped that game unscathed.

"We're gonna keep him in the hospital for the next 48 hours," Shanahan said, because team physician Dr. Tony Casolaro "believed it was in [Grossman's] best interests to keep him in the hospital." Shanahan hopes to have Grossman healthy enough for practice on Wednesday. He did not address the possibility of adding another quarterback to the roster.

Grossman began the 2011 season as the Redskins' starting quarterback, but Shanahan benched him in favor of John Beck after the nine-year veteran threw his fourth interception on Oct. 16 against the Philadelphia Eagles. On the season, Grossman has completed 55.6 percent of his passes for 1132 yards, six touchdowns, and nine interceptions.

The team's emergency quarterback against Carolina would have been wide receiver Terrence Austin, says Mike Jones of the Washington Post. In his college career at UCLA, Austin did not attempt a single pass.

During Monday's news conference, Shanahan did not address the possibility of adding another quarterback to the roster.

For more on Grossman's status, visit this StoryStream. For more on all the Redskins' injuries, visit this StoryStream. For more on the Redskins, visit Hogs Haven.

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Redskins Vs. Panthers: Rex Grossman Out Sick, Possibly With Pneumonia, According To Report

Earlier Sunday reports were circulating that newly demoted Washington Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman might miss Sunday's game with the Carolina Panthers because he was ill, possibly with the flu. Via Kelli Johnson of Comcast Sportsnet, it appears Grossman is indeed sick, and might actually have pneumonia:

I'm told Grossman has the flu but they fear it may be worse than that. Source tells me the word pneumonia was thrown around in Lockeroom
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Washington better hope John Beck survives the entire game against Carolina, or they might be pulling fans out of the stands to take snaps without Rex as a backup. Just another Sunday funday in Redskins land, right?

For more on the Washington Redskins, check out SB Nation's Washington Redskins blog Hogs Haven. For more on the Redskins vs. Panthers showdown, visit this StoryStream. For more on the Panthers, visit SB Nation's Panthers blog Cat Scratch Reader.

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