A reported benching will most certainly trigger the next wave of tension between quarterback Robert Griffin III and owner Daniel Snyder and Shanahan, which is already considerable.

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WASHINGTON - The Washington Redskins drama continues, as Pro Football Talk, ESPN and Fox's Jay Glazer are reporting that coach Mike Shanahan will start Kirk Cousins in place of Robert Griffin III at quarterback on Sunday at Atlanta.

The Washington Post is reporting that starting Cousins is the "tentative plan."

Tensions have been high for the Redskins after reports that Shanahan and owner Daniel Snyder have clashed over the treatment of RG3, the second-year player who the Redskins traded away future draft picks to get.

The Redskins traded this year's first-round draft pick to the Rams, and with Washington's futility this season, the Rams may get the first pick overall in the draft. Only the Houston Texans' record is worse than the Redskins.

During Monday's press conference, Shanahan hinted he might start Cousins despite Griffin being healthy. Griffin tore his ACL late last season, and missed all of the Redskins' pre-season before coming back to play in the season opener.

Griffin won the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year Award after he led the Redskins to the playoffs in 2012 with 3200 passing and 815 rushing yards with a total of 27 touchdowns.

This year has been the polar opposite as Griffin struggled to come back from injury. He is no longer a threat to run, and has become more likely to get sacked. Even opponents have questioned if RG3 came back from injury too early.

Cousins is a second-year player out of Michigan State who has played in two games this year. He has completed 12 passes for a total of 107 yards.