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Injured Robert Griffin III won't start for Washington on Sunday | NFL

Quarterback Robert Griffin III's sprained right knee will keep him out of the starting lineup Sunday when the Washington Redskins visit the Cleveland Browns. Fellow rookie Kirk Cousins will start in Griffin's place.

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WASHINGTON — Quarterback Robert Griffin III's sprained right knee will keep him out of the starting lineup Sunday when the Washington Redskins visit the Cleveland Browns.

Washington officials announced Saturday night fellow rookie Kirk Cousins will make his first career start as the Redskins (7-6) try to extend their winning streak to five games and keep the pressure on the first-place New York Giants in the NFC East.

Griffin, last year's Heisman Trophy winner, tweeted: "The decision was not my own ... But I will be there for my team!!! In every way I possibly can."

Team officials did not say whether Griffin will be active for the game, or whether veteran Rex Grossman, who has been an inactive third-string quarterback for every game this season, will serve as the primary backup to Cousins.

Dallas' Bryant

intends to play

IRVING, Texas — Receiver Dez Bryant said one thing would have prevented him from playing Sunday: If the Dallas Cowboys were eliminated from the playoff race, Bryant said he would have had surgery on his fractured left index finger.

"The position that we are in is what makes me want to be out there," he said. "If there was anything less than what we've got a chance of, I would have went ahead and got surgery."

Bryant, who was limited in practice Thursday and Friday, is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh (7-6). But he leaves no doubt he intends to play for the Cowboys (7-6), pain or not.

Ravens' Lewis

to sit out Sunday

BALTIMORE — Ray Lewis, injured Baltimore Ravens linebacker, won't play Sunday against the visiting Denver Broncos.

Lewis, 37, has been sidelined since tearing his right triceps Oct. 14 against Dallas.

Lewis has practiced for the past two weeks, but Ravens officials did not move him to the active roster before Saturday's deadline.

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