Surprise: Kirk Cousins among numerous starters sitting in preseason home opener

You probably don't like that. Especially those at FedEx Field who won't get to see Kirk Cousins play Friday night.

Whether fans arrived on time for kickoff or later during the Washington Redskins' second preseason game, they didn't see Kirk Cousins on the field Friday night.

Minutes before the Redskins were set to kick off against the New York Jets at FedEx Field, Cousins was reported as a healthy scratch by multiple media outlets. He had company.

The decision to rest the starting quarterback does not indicate that he is dealing with any ailments. That left tackle Trent Williams (sore right knee) and tight end Jordan Reed (finger) were also sitting might have pushed the coaching staff to rest its starting quarterback. Wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon were not on the field for the first series. 

The defense played without starting cornerbacks Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland, top pass rusher Ryan Kerrigan and starting inside linebacker Will Compton. All were believed to be healthy scratches as well.

Cousins was a perfect 5-for-5 through the air in the preseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons last Thursday.

Expect a lot of Colt McCoy and Martrell Spaight in place of Cousins and Compton, respectively. Spaight is the backup "Mike" inside linebacker as Perry Riley and Mason Foster are primarily the non-play-calling 'backers.

The next chance for Washington's full complement of starters to play comes Aug. 26 against the Buffalo Bills. The third preseason game is typically a dress rehearsal for the regular season opener.

Stay tuned for more news and notes from Breaking Burgundy, live from Landover, Maryland. We will hear from head coach Jay Gruden after the game.

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