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RGIII not playing in Cleveland (again)

12/15/2012

Nine months ago, you could blame the Washington Redskins officials (or Mike Holmgren, depending on your perspective) for Robert Griffin III not playing in Cleveland. This weekend, you can blame the Redskins' doctors.

RGIII is not expected to play against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday because of a knee injury. Instead, rookie fourth-round pick Kirk Cousins will make his first NFL start.

"The decision was not my own...," Griffin tweeted.

The Browns attempted to get RGIII in March in a pre-draft trade with the St. Louis Rams that would have allowed them to jump up to No. 2 in the draft. But the Redskins outbid the Browns, sending three first-round draft picks and a second-round one to the Rams. Holmgren later said the Browns didn't get a fair shot to trade up in the draft because of a close relationship between the Rams and Redskins.

The Browns, though, have gotten lucky lately with opposing quarterbacks. They have won three straight games, a win streak that began with a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers and third-stringer Charlie Batch, who was replacing injured quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich. Now, the Browns get Cousins instead of RGIII.

If the NFL continues its current schedule rotation and RGIII remains with the Redskins long term, the next time Browns fans will get a chance to see the quarterback that got away is 2020. So, mark those calendars.