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Washington Redskins Plan to Keep RGIII as Backup QB

I guess it doesn't really matter whether he's cleared from his concussion yet, or not.

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The Redskins and RGIII still don't know the results of his latest neurological exam.  Turns out that doesn't matter with regards to whether RGIII survives cut-down day or not.  In a bit of a surprise more, the Redskins plan to keep RGIII as their second-string QB according to team sources (as reported by NFL Media reporter Jeff Darlington).  That's right, that means the team will hang on to the risk of a $16.2M injury in the event RGIII becomes seriously injured.

According to NFL Media's Albert Breer, Colt McCoy will be listed as the second-string QB for the Redskins week one game against the Dolphins due to RGIII's current health situation.  According to a team source, Scot McCloughan, Jay Gruden, and Dan Snyder are all in agreement about the move to retain RGIII as the QB2.

Team sources report that the decision to retain RGIII is not a political one and something decided solely for football reasons.

Jeff Darlington's initial report has since been confirmed by CSN's Chick Hernandez and ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The neurologist who originally cleared Griffin to play, has since resigned from his position.

An NFL official said Friday that Kurtzke, who told the Redskins on Aug. 27 he would clear Griffin to play only to rule him out 24 hours later, had resigned from the neurological consultant program operated by the league and the NFL players' union. Kurtzke will remain responsible to determine when to clear Griffin to return to play from this concussion, the official added.