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Barry Cofield Aiming For Opener Despite Broken Hand

A broken bone in his right hand kept the nose tackle out of practice on Wednesday, but both he and Mike Shanahan plan to have him back for the opener.


ASHBURN – For all the times Barry Cofield made fun of Trent Williams wearing a club on the practice field, Cofield figures his need to do so is karma.


“Hopefully by the time I’m on the field, I won’t be playing in a club,” Cofield said. “Hopefully it’ll be something lighter than that.”

The Redskins’ starting nose tackle broke a bone in his right hand in the preseason victory over the Steelers on Monday, and Mike Shanahan said Cofield would be a “long shot” to play in either of the two remaining preseason games.

But Shanahan added Cofield could play if the regular season were starting this week, not Sept. 9 against the Eagles.

“We usually give it somewhere about 48 hours to see how he feels after putting it in the cast, and then we’ll make sure he hits the treadmill hard and starts his cardio work,” Shanahan said. “But I think he’ll be fine.”

Cofield said nothing had changed from Monday, when x-rays showed a clean break in one of the bones in his right hand. He wore a purple cast on the hand – Northwestern colors, he acknowledged – and didn’t want to comment on the possibility of playing in either of the two remaining preseason games.

Chris Neild and Ron Brace are the only other two nose tackles on the roster, though defensive end Chris Baker made the move from the position during the offseason.

The obligation to get back for the Eagles game is also something he learned from Williams, a fellow captain who played hurt much of last season because of his role.

“You play through pain,” Cofield said. “You play through injury. Teammates have a high expectation for me. They count on me to perform and to lead, so that’s my goal, and I feel confident.”