Beck to the future, Rex gets benched

ASHBURN, VA (WWBT) - The Redskins might be a half game out of first place in the NFC East, but they have quarterback issues.  Wednesday Mike Shanahan announced they're going in a difference direction, churning up the quarterback carousel that we saw this preseason.

Coach Mike Shanahan informed his team Wednesday that John Beck will get the nod for this week's game against the Carolina Panthers.

Beck replaces Rex Grossman, who threw four interceptions and was benched after three quarters during Sunday's 20-13 loss to Philadelphia.

Beck will be making his first start since 2007, when he was a rookie with Miami. Beck also becomes the 21st quarterback to start a game for Redskins in the last 19 seasons.

Washington is 3-2, a half-game out of first place in the NFC East. Grossman has 11 turnovers - nine interceptions plus two fumbles - through five games. His 66.5 overall rating ranks 32nd of 33 quarterbacks in the league.

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