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Kirk Cousins To Undergo MRI On Sprained Foot

The quarterback injured his right foot in the first quarter of the preseason victory over the Steelers but doesn’t believe that it’s anything more than a day-to-day type of injury.


LANDOVER, Md. – Kirk Cousins sprained his right foot during the Redskins’ 24-13 preseason victory over the Steelers on Monday, and while x-rays didn’t show a break, an MRI has been scheduled for Tuesday.


“I just want to be careful with it and not push it,” Cousins said. “I’m feeling good. We’ll know more tomorrow and start rehabbing aggressively, but I think it’s just gonna be a day-to-day kind of thing.”

Cousins scrambled for a seven-yard gain on a rollout with 12 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter when Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons caught him by the feet before he reached the sideline.

He tried to get up and tried to rejoin his teammates in the huddle for the next play before he succumbed to the pain and sat down on the field. Athletic trainers helped Cousins back to his feet, and orthopedic surgeon and team consultant James Andrews walked out to the field to speak to him.

Cousins played just 10 snaps and completed two of his three attempts for 19 yards. Rex Grossman, who wasn’t scheduled to enter the game until halftime, replaced him.

One concern, Mike Shanahan said, was that Cousins may have sustained a Lisfranc sprain, especially because x-rays taken after the preseason opener against the Titans on Aug. 8 didn’t show a severe injury for Phillip Thomas. The strong safety was later ruled have sustained such a sprain, which will keep him out for the season.

“I asked the same question,” Shanahan said. “I said, ‘Is that a possibility, because we felt that way last time? You said the x-rays were negative, and it would up being a Lisfranc.’ They don’t feel that way this time.”

Cousins doesn’t know whether the foot will heal in time to allow him to play in the Redskins’ third preseason game, which is Saturday against the Bills.

With Robert Griffin III already out for the preseason as he recovers from right knee surgery, Grossman and Pat White could handle all the snaps in that game.

“You know, it’s not something that you want to have happen, but you also know that as a football player, it can happen, and you have to be ready to respond,” Cousins said. “I’ll treat it very aggressively this week and hopefully be ready for Saturday, and if not, be ready for next week against Tampa [Bay on Aug. 29]. But we’ll take it day by day and see what happens.”