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Strange day for Redskins' Cousins

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With Griffin injured, rookie is a popular guy

ASHBURN -- Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins said Wednesday was a different day for him. Not just because he took more reps during practice but for another reason.

"I haven't stood at this podium before," Cousins said about where the Redskins conduct post-practice news conferences.

But with uncertainty surrounding Robert Griffin III and his sprained right knee, Cousins now is a popular man. If Griffin can't play, then Cousins would get the start.

"Anytime you can get reps, you're going to get better," Cousins said. "That was true of OTAs, that was true of minicamp and that was true of training camp."

The one thing he was unable to do this week was respond to those who text messaged him after his showing Sunday. He completed both of his passes for 26 yards and a touchdown, and a third toss resulted in a pass interference penalty in the 31-28 overtime win vs. Baltimore.

Cousins said he received 140 texts.

"I called my dad, talked to my parents, talked to my siblings, my brother and sister, talked to my grandmother and that was about it," he said. "I want to apologize to the other 137 people I haven't responded to. You're probably not going to get a response. I'll see you in the offseason. It has been a little unique. I hadn't been getting 137 text messages after the previous few games."

Note » Redskins linebacker London Fletcher (ankle) did not practice. Left tackle Trent Williams (thigh) was limited. Everybody else, aside from Griffin, was full-go in Wednesday's practice.

jkeim@washingtonexaminer.com

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