(AP) - Kirk Cousins showed up for a session with reporters with his mop of hair gone, replaced by a close-cut 'do that - from the eyebrows up - made him look at least 45 years old.
"I have to apologize to my family and friends back home," he said. "I think I'm embarrassing them. I try to represent them well, and my haircut's not doing it."
He then explained that when he went to get a haircut on Monday, he had a "communication breakdown" with a female barber whose English wasn't the best.
She also took off his glasses, so he couldn't see what she was doing.
"She wheels me back around," Cousins said. "I look at the mirror and I realized I had a Mohawk. So I tell her, 'Just shave it off. I don't know what to tell you.' So she just buzzed it off, and I have to live with this for the next couple of weeks until it grows back. ... The tough thing was that I didn't realize until that moment that I do have a receding hairline. That was tough to take. My dad is more-or-less completely bald, and I was hoping I wasn't going to get his genes."
Cousins' remarks were televised live on national television, and soon he was trending on Twitter.
Robert Griffin III called the haircut "bad."
Shortly afterward, Eagles quarterback Nick Foles was looking at a photo of the haircut on the Internet and discussing it on the phone with Redskins writers.
"Wow," Foles said. "I'm going to have to do that to mine - cut it all off."