Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Cousins hurts foot; Cofield breaks hand
By John Keim
Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins suffered a mid-foot sprain, but said initial X-rays came back negative. And, for now, a Lisfranc injury was ruled out. Meanwhile, nose tackle Barry Cofield suffered a fracture in his right hand but is optimistic about playing in the season opener.
Cousins, who was wearing a boot on his right foot and left on crutches, will undergo an MRI Tuesday to determine the extent of his injury. With starter Robert Griffin III still not certain to return for the opener, the Redskins can’t afford to have Cousins miss any time. They do have Rex Grossman as their No. 3 quarterback.
Cousins hurt his foot on a second-quarter scramble off a bootleg. He was tackled as he ran out of bounds, but returned to the huddle. He then sat down.
“I had to self-evaluate how much if I had to change directions and be an athlete, could I do that,” he said. “I decided preseason game No. 2, with a long season to go, now’s not the time to be a hero.”
Cofield said doctors told him his break was a clean one and would not need surgery. He said he wasn’t sure if he’d play in the final two preseason games.
“Most guys would be in the hospital in intensive care,” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said. “But he’s able to talk to you guys so it gives you an idea of how tough he is. He’ll be able to play through it.”
Receiver Leonard Hankerson bruised his knee while receiver Aldrick Robinson bruised his thigh.