Source: No Damage To Kirk Cousins’ Right Foot
The quarterback injured his right foot in the victory over the Steelers on Monday when he was tackled near the sidelines after scrambling for seven yards in the second quarter.
BY ZAC BOYER
An MRI taken Tuesday morning revealed Kirk Cousins has no structural damage in his right foot and the Redskins are expecting him to be healthy for the start of the regular season, according to a person familiar with the severity of the quarterback’s injury.
That person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team had not yet made an official announcement about Cousins’ status. Mike Shanahan will do so Wednesday after practice.
Cousins injured the ankle in the 24-13 preseason victory over the Steelers on Monday when, with 12 minutes remaining in the second quarter, he was tackled near the sideline by linebacker Lawrence Timmons.
The quarterback had gained seven yards on a scramble and was trying to get out of bounds when Timmons caught him by the lower left leg, causing his right foot to get stuck beneath him mid-stride.
He originally ran back onto the field to rejoin the huddle, but he stopped midway, sat down and waited for assistance from the team’s athletic training staff before walking to the sideline.
“I felt it initially, and as I was walking back to the huddle, I was just trying to kind of self-evaluate how much, if I had to change directions and be an athlete, I can do that,” Cousins said after the game. “As I started walking back to the huddle, I started feeling it, and you know what? Preseason game No. 2, with a long season to go – now is not the time to try to be a hero.”
The quarterback played just 10 snaps against the Steelers, though he was supposed to play most, if not all, of the first half. Rex Grossman entered in Cousins’ place and played through the third quarter, with Pat White entering the fourth quarter and finishing the game.
One initial concern, Shanahan said, was that Cousins may have sustained a Lisfranc sprain, which is what rookie strong safety Phillip Thomas sustained in the preseason opener against the Titans on Aug. 8.
X-rays were initially negative for both players, though Thomas was later diagnosed with such a sprain and will miss the entire season.
“I asked the same question [to the medical staff],” 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 has been the first-team quarterback since the Redskins began offseason workouts in mid-April with starter Robert Griffin III still recovering from right knee surgery. He played in four games last season, replacing Griffin late in the playoff loss to the Seahawks, and as a rookie, he still needs as much time as he can get to feel comfortable within the Redskins’ offense.
That’s why the decision to play him in the final two preseason games – Saturday against the Bills and Aug. 29 on the road against the Buccaneers – will be difficult. Cousins will have to show he’s healthy enough to practice in the next two days to make playing Saturday a worthwhile risk.
Shanahan typically allows his starters to play into the third quarter in the third preseason game, then keeps them out entirely in the fourth preseason game to give players trying to make the roster one last evaluation.
“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. But we’ll take it day by day and see what happens.”
This report was originally posted on 8/20/13 at 1:13 p.m. and updated on 8/20/13 at 2:01 p.m.