Reporting Chuck Carroll
LANDOVER, Md. (CBSDC) — In for the still recovering Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins left the Washington Redskins home preseason opener in the second quarter with a right foot sprain and did not return.
X-Rays taken on the foot Monday night at FedEx Field were negative. Head coach Mike Shanahan says the team’s contingency plan for RGIII is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Tuesday.
Cousins was on crutches and in a walking boot in the Redskins locker room following the game.
“I just want to be careful with it and not push it. I’m feeling good,” said Cousins. “I think it’s going to be a day-to-day kind of thing.”
He says the injury doesn’t think the injury is anything serious and it feels almost like a sprained ankle in the middle of his foot.
Cousins sustained the injury when he was tackled by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons while attempting to scramble toward the right sideline.
He was initially able to gingerly walk back to the huddle, but would eventually take a seat on the field after doing quick self evaluating.
“As I started walking back to the huddle and feeling it, I just decided that … preseason game number two with a long season to go, now is not the time to try to be a hero,” said Cousins.
The second-year player from Michigan State headed to the locker room after being examined by trainers near Washington’s bench.
Rex Grossman, who was expected to play in the second half, replaced Cousins under center.
Cousins finished the night 2-of-3 passing for 19 yards and a 84.0 quarterback rating. He also rushed twice for 14 yards.
Grossman went on to complete 10 of 16 passing attempts for 133 yards with a touchdown and an interception before being relieved by Pat White in the fourth quarter.