Quarterback Kirk Cousins said he was relieved that Tuesday’s MRI exam of his injured right foot showed no serious damage. Cousins called his playing status day-to-day but said he is unlikely to play in the Washington Redskins’ preseason game Saturday against the Buffalo Bills at FedEx Field.
“I think it is just a day-to-day thing,” Cousins said Wednesday. “It’s every morning when I wake up and every day when I go to treatment, just see how it feels and go from there. But at this time in the preseason, the experience is valuable to go out there and play. But it’s also not worth risking being ready and available for later in the year when the games really do matter.”
The Redskins are calling Cousins’s injury a mid-foot sprain. He left Monday night’s preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second quarter after getting hurt when he was hit on the sideline at the end of a run. X-rays taken Monday night showed no fractures and Cousins underwent an MRI exam Tuesday.
“The MRI showed nothing serious, nothing long-term, which is really encouraging. … It was a relief,” Cousins said. “When I first did it, I didn’t think it was too serious. But you never know. So it was encouraging to see the MRI and know that it wasn’t anything more serious than a sprain.”
Cousins said that playing Saturday “would be pushing it, but you never know.” It appears likely that Cousins will join starting quarterback Robert Griffin III on the sideline while Rex Grossman and Pat White play against the Bills.
“I didn’t get my ‘Operation Patience’ T-shirt yet,” Cousins said, referring to Griffin’s motto for the training-camp approach taken with him. Griffin wore it on a shirt during pregame drills Monday. “We’ll see if Robert has one for me.”
Cousins said he has “good movement, not great” on his injured foot.
“That’s the challenge is wanting to get back because you want to play in games where you have a chance to play,” Cousins said. “But right now it’s best for me to heal up and take it day by day. I more importantly want to be ready for this season if I get called upon than for a preseason game. So you’ve got to take the good with the bad.”
Cousins started the first two preseason games while the Redskins have Griffin work his way back gradually from knee surgery in January. Cousins also spent offseason practices and training camp working with the starting offense in place of Griffin, and he said he thinks he would be ready for the regular season even if his ailing foot keeps him from taking another preseason snap.
“I think when you add up OTAs, minicamp, training camp, I’ve gotten far more reps,” Cousins said. “And you factor in the fact that I’m a second-year player, I do feel ready. I feel like the coaches have done a great job preparing me. Any more reps in the preseason would just be icing on the cake.”
Update (1:45 p.m.)
Cousins was not on the field for the portion of the Redskins’ practice Wednesday that was open to media members.
The Redskins practice today at 1 p.m. Mike Shanahan and Robert Griffin III speak to reporters afterward.
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