While explaining his decision to change starting quarterbacks, Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan insisted he isn't trying to get fired.

"Somebody said I'm going with Kirk (Cousins) because I'm trying to get fired," Shanahan said. "If I'm trying to get fired, I'm not going to call up (Redskins owner) Dan Snyder and get an opinion on a player when I don't have to. And if he says 'No,' I'm not going to go that way."

His decision to sit down Robert Griffin III, a 2012 first-round draft pick, in favor of Cousins, a fourth-round pick, has been highly scrutinized, jeopardizing his job security because of the close relationship between Griffin and Snyder.

Shanahan doesn't plan to change the offense much for Cousins.

"We have a philosophy that we believe in. This game will be no different," said Shanahan, whose Redskins play at Atlanta on Sunday.

Shanahan, who has one year left on his contract, seems to be managing the circus atmosphere surrounding his team well.

"It's been unique," he said. "It's been bizarre. But that's part of the football world any time that you're 3-10 ... things are going to happen."

  • Redskins rookie tight end Jordan Reed will miss his fourth consecutive game because of lingering effects from a concussion.

    Colts: Indianapolis promoted wide receiver Griff Whalen from the practice squad to the active roster. Whalen has played in six games this season and has nine receptions for 102 yards. Whalen played with Colts quarterback Andrew Luck at Stanford and originally signed with Indianapolis as an undrafted rookie. He spent last season on injured reserve.


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    Vikings: Adrian Peterson is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Philadelphia. But the fact Peterson even got to this point seems to amaze coach Leslie Frazier -- and the running back himself. Frazier said earlier in the week that he was more optimistic about running back Toby Gerhart playing with a strained hamstring than he was about Peterson getting on the field a week after spraining his foot.

    Lions: Cornerback Chris Houston is listed as doubtful against Baltimore because of a toe injury. Running back Reggie Bush and rookie defensive end Ziggy Ansah are questionable for Monday night's game. Bush missed last week's game at Philadelphia with an injured calf, and Ansah has an injured shoulder.

    Belcher's body: Former Kansas City linebacker Jovan Belcher's body was exhumed more than a year after he killed his girlfriend and himself so that his brain can be examined for signs of a degenerative condition linked to repeated concussions. Belcher's family had his body exhumed at North Babylon Cemetery on Long Island, N.Y., the family's attorney, Dirk Vandever, told The Kansas City Star. Last December, Belcher killed Kasandra Perkins, with whom he had an infant daughter, in their home, then drove to the Chiefs practice facility and shot himself in the head in the parking lot.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.