RG III inactive; Rambo sits, too

December, 15, 2013
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As expected, the Washington Redskins made quarterback Robert Griffin III inactive for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons. But Griffin did warm up before the game, throwing a number of passes and getting in a good workout before heading to the locker room, where one focus of the game will be seeing how he handles life on the sideline in street clothes.

The Redskins also made safety Bacarri Rambo inactive, one week after he had probably his worst game of the season. The rookie had made strides since being benched earlier in the season, but obviously not enough -- which is why you can't project him as anything more than a backup at this point. Rambo missed too many tackles against Kansas City, opting for shoulder hits instead of trying to wrap up defenders.

The Redskins also deactivated corner Chase Minnifield, linebacker Brandon Jenkins, linebacker Darryl Tapp, guard Josh LeRibeus and tight end Jordan Reed.

The latter also was expected and now the question becomes will Reed play again this season. A Fox Sports report said the Redskins were shutting him down for the season, but the team refuted that, publicly and privately last week. However, a league source said Saturday that the Redskins were definitely considering such a move. It makes sense given that this concussion has lingered and there are only two games remaining in a lost season. Reed's absence has had a big impact on the passing game, but, like Griffin, you want to make sure he gets to the offseason healthy.

Also, rookie running back Jawan Jamison, signed off the practice squad earlier in the week, will be active.

For Atlanta, safety Thomas DeCoud, running back Antone Smith, linebacker Omar Gaither, tackle Terren Jones, tackle Sean Locklear, tight end Chase Coffman and tackle Travian Robertson are inactive.

John Keim

ESPN Washington Redskins reporter

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