Rex Grossman was ruled inactive for Sunday's Washington Redskins game against the New Orleans Saints and will serve as the team's emergency third quarterback.
This makes rookie Kirk Cousins the backup to Robert Griffin III, another rookie, for Washington in Week 1. It's a pressure situation for a pair of rookie quarterbacks right from the start of the regular season.
It doesn't appear that Grossman is injured, but he didn't play as much as Cousins in the preseason. Grossman lost his job to Griffin early in training camp despite starting 13 games last season for Washington.
Grossman threw two touchdowns in the team's third preseason game, but that didn't put him ahead of Cousins, who logged the most time of any Washington QB in preseason games.
Grossman, a nine-year NFL veteran, hasn't played in more than four games in a season since 2007, when he started seven of the eight games in which he appeared.
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