The Redskins were calling Cousins’s injury a mid-foot sprain of his right foot.
“They feel like it’s mild right now,” Shanahan said. “So that’s a good sign.”
The Redskins hope they don’t have a repeat of their experience from the preseason opener. Rookie safety Phillip Thomas was thought to have suffered a relatively mild mid-foot injury in that game. But after further testing, the Redskins announced that Thomas had suffered a Lisfranc injury, a significant mid-foot injury, and would miss his entire rookie season.
Shanahan said he raised the same issue with doctors Monday.
“I asked the same question,” Shanahan said. “I said, ‘Is that a possibility?’ because he felt that way last time. He said the X-rays were negative and it wound up being a Lisfranc. They don’t feel that way at this time.”
Cousins left the game in the second quarter.
“I felt it initially, and as I was walking back to the huddle, I started to self-evaluate about could I change directions if needed and be an athlete,” Cousins said after the game. “And I started feeling it and decided, ‘You know what? Preseason game number two with a long season ahead of us, now is not the time to try to be a hero.’ ”
Defensive tackle Barry Cofield suffered a fracture of a bone in his right hand, Shanahan said. Cofield will have to wear a cast but should be able to play with the injury, according to Shanahan.
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● Washington is off on Tuesday, practices Wednesday through Friday, and hosts Buffalo at FedEx Field on Saturday afternoon.
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