Barry Cofield stretches before Day 15 of training camp. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Nose tackle Barry Cofield said he’s hopeful of being in the lineup for the Washington Redskins’ opening regular season game even after suffering a broken bone in his right hand during Monday night’s preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Cofield said doctors haven’t given him a specific timetable for when he’ll be able to play again.

“It feels better,” Cofield said. “It’s getting better every day. … They didn’t say for sure. The goal is to be back for Week 1. I feel optimistic that that’s the case.”

Cofield didn’t practice Wednesday and said he has “some healing to do over the next week or so.” It appears unlikely that he will play again during the preseason. But he said he thinks he can play effectively when he’s cleared to return to the lineup.

“I’m not concerned,” Cofield said. “You play through pain. You play through injury. Teammates have a high expectation of me. They count on me to perform and to lead. So that’s my goal and I feel confident.”

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What’s ahead:

Thursday’s practice is at 1 p.m.

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