Kirk Cousins should be OK

Updated: August 20, 2013, 3:59 PM ET
By John Keim | ESPN.com

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins escaped further damage to his sprained right foot, an MRI revealed Tuesday, and will be available for the season opener, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

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AP Photo/Nick WassKirk Cousins suffered a mid-foot sprain in Monday night's game. X-rays came back negative.

Whether or not he'd play in that game depends on the status of starter Robert Griffin III. Cousins sprained his right foot in the first quarter of Monday's 24-13 preseason win over Pittsburgh. X-rays were negative during the game and the Redskins were confident Cousins would be OK.

He wore a protective boot after the game and also used crutches. The MRI confirmed the team's cautious optimism.

Whether or not Cousins plays again in the preseason remains uncertain, though it's hard to imagine they'd rush him back. Cousins has taken almost all the work with the starters since spring workouts so if he's needed in the opener he'll be fine.

Rex Grossman and Pat White are the two healthy quarterbacks on the roster. Grossman likely would start Saturday's preseason game versus Buffalo if necessary.

Griffin won't play in the preseason following his Jan. 9 surgery to repair multiple ligaments in his right knee. Barring a setback, Griffin and the Redskins are hopeful he'll be available for the opener.

Shanahan said Monday night that Dr. James Andrews will make the final decision as to whether Griffin will return for the team's season opener Sept. 9 -- and won't do so until after the final preseason game.

John Keim

ESPN Washington Redskins reporter

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