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Washington Redskins' handling of RG3 benching angers teammate

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Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden is expected to today confirm that Colt McCoy will start the franchise's Thanksgiving Weekend game against the Indianapolis Colts - relegating Robert Griffin III to the bench once again.

Gruden's decision to bench RG3 seems to suggest that the former Heisman winning quarterback's time in the capital is coming to an end.

Time up?

After recovering from an injury picked up in Week 2 Griffin's return in Week 9 was supposed to herald the beginning of a new chapter in his Washington career, but after a number of lacklustre games under center, and ill-thought out comments on his teammates, it seems that the franchise has lost patience with the man who cost so much to bring in in the 2012 NFL draft.

RG3 was still slated to start this weekend as late as Monday but the reigns have instead been handed to perennial back up Colt McCoy with Griffin's inability to generate a productive offense deemed the likely reason behind the decision.

His lacklustre offering against the San Francisco 49ers, throwing for just 106 yards and zero touchdowns, appears to have been the final straw.

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His recent comments in which he seemed to lay the blame for his lack of production at the feet of his teammates is unlikely to have helped his cause either, and all signs point to a move for RG3 this offseason if he is to resurrect his once promising career.

Owner Dan Snyder's backing of his coach over Griffin III's benching is a clear indicator that the man previously deemed a franchise quarterback is now anything but.

Player reaction

While the Redskins will hope their decision to dump RG3 will help rejuvenate the offense, one of their roster expressed his disappointment with how the move has been handled.

Long snapper Nick Sundberg took to Twitter to air his frustration at whoever had leaked the news to ESPN on Tuesday.

Coach Gruden had hoped to make the announcement public during his media commitments Wednesday but it appears someone within the franchise broke ranks to tell ESPN's Adam Schefter.

This is yet another sign that all is not well in Washington and those associated with the franchise must be counting down the days until their 2014 season comes to an end.

Whether RG3 has any future at the team beyond that point remains to be seen, but after being benched for McCoy and Kirk Cousins in consecutive seasons it certainly doesn't look good.

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