Reporting Chuck Carroll
LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — An MRI performed Tuesday on the right foot of Kirk Cousins showed no ligament damage, alleviating concerns the Washington Redskins would enter the regular season down a quarterback or two.
The highly touted contingency plan for Robert Griffin III is expected to be “back soon” after sustaining a mid-foot sprain according to 106.7 The FAN’s Grant Paulsen.
Cousins sustained the injury when he was tackled by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons while scrambling toward the right sideline in the second quarter of Washington’s win Monday night.
X-Rays taken at the stadium were also negative although he did leave the locker room on crutches and in a walking boot.
Cousins 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.
His status for the Redskins remaining preseason schedule remains unclear. As it stands, the team has two healthy quarterbacks on the roster in Rex Grossman and Pat White.
The team could choose to sign a fifth quarterback to provide depth against the Buffalo Bills and Tampa Bay Buccaneers with Griffin shelved until the regular season.
Griffin was evaluated by Dr. James Andrews before Monday’s game for the first time since the start of training camp and was pleased with his progress.
Head coach Mike Shanahan had been adamant about minimizing the risk of a setback to Griffin and say he won’t play in the season opener if Andrews doesn’t feel his knee is ready.
Griffin will be evaluated by Andrews following the team’s final exhibition at which point Washington will receive a final ruling on the quarterback’s availability for Week 1.
“We’re going to put him through situations like we’ve been doing over the last three and a half weeks, and keep our fingers crossed that there isn’t a setback and if there isn’t, he should be ready for Philadelphia,” said Shanahan.
And if all goes according to plan, an eight-month long drama at Redskins Park will quickly be forgotten. As will Cousins’ mid-foot sprain.