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Barry Cofield One Of Several Players Hurt Monday

A hard cast on his right hand may be all that’s needed for the nose tackle, who was one of several players to leave the preseason game with an injury.


LANDOVER, Md. – Despite breaking a bone in his right hand in the Redskins’ preseason victory over the Steelers on Monday, Barry Cofield believes he will be able to play as soon as the next preseason game on Saturday with a hard cast.

“But obviously, my main goal – the most important game – is Philly, and at this point I’d be surprised if I wasn’t able to be out there at this point,” Cofield said, referring to the season opener.

The nose tackle injured his hand in the second quarter, though he couldn’t remember specifically how it happened. He said he was trying to bring down quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, but when he got into the backfield to recover a fumble forced by inside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, it was committed by Roethlisberger’s backup, Bruce Gradkowski.

Cofield also shared a sack with defensive end Kedric Golston in the first quarter and finished the game with three tackles.

He was one of several players who left the game because of an injury. Quarterback Kirk Cousins played only 10 snaps before leaving with a sprained right foot, while receiver Leonard Hankerson banged knees with a Steelers player in the second quarter and stayed out for precautionary reasons.

Receiver Aldrick Robinson bruised his left thigh while making a 23-yard reception on the second-to-last play in the first half, and running back Keiland Williams sprained his left knee in the second half.

And running back Chris Thompson took a helmet to his left shoulder in the third quarter, causing him to fumble the ball on only the second carry of his preseason debut.

“My shoulder just kind of gave me some problems, but nothing major,” Thompson said.