Kirk Cousins will start in his place with Rex Grossman dressing-up as the backup quarterback.
Coach Mike Shanahan addressed the media on Wednesday to confirm the reports that surfaced Wednesday morning. His reason for making the change was because Griffin was taking too many hits and he wanted to preserve the second-year quarterback for the off-season.
"I wanted to give Robert as many reps as he possibly could have, and that's always the nature of guys getting better by repetition," said Shanahan. "But sometimes you have to evaluate when you're getting hit repeatedly. You gotta take a look at the risk and reward. And with Robert, I thought that his hits were ... piling up on him. And I was afraid that we would set him back and the only way you realize you're going to get set back is if he gets hurt. I said 'it's not worth it right now.' I said 'hey' it's the best thing to do is to give him an opportunity to go into that third year injury free and get a chance to get better throughout the off-season."
Shanahan hinted during a Monday press conference that he may sit Griffin to keep him healthy, and that if a change was made, that it would be for the remainder of the season. Griffin, however, seemed surprised upon hearing the news prior to Wednesday's workday, although he handled it in stride during his press conference following practice.
"I didn't know... thought it was just another normal week and it turns out that it's not that way, and now we have to deal with it as a team, and I think we'll be able to deal with it," Griffin said. "Everybody wants to play. Every player wants to play. Any quarterback wants to finish off the season with his team - when you're healthy enough to do so. Like I said, it's coaches decision and you have to respect that authority, just like I always have."
It was apparent that Shanahan believed many of the hits Griffin suffered were self-induced and that he was at risk of missing yet another off-season, and that a second missed off-season would critically set his development back.
Shanahan also expressed the fact that he ran the decision by owner Dan Snyder and GM Bruce Allen and that he would not have went on with the change had they disapproved.