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Jordan Reed and Barry Cofield knocked out of opener with injuries (updated)

Jordan Reed is tripped up by the Texans’ Shiloh Keo. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

HOUSTON  — Tight end Jordan Reed and nose tackle Barry Cofield both left Washington’s season opener against the Houston Texans with first-half injuries.

Reed suffered a hamstring strain, and Cofield injured his right ankle.

Reed, who missed seven games as a rookie because of thigh, knee and concussion issues, injured his hamstring while trying to pick up extra yardage on a four-yard reception late in the first quarter. The tight end tried to leap to avoid cornerback Kareem Lewis, but Lewis hung onto Reed’s leg and brought him to the ground. Reed got up slowly and limped off the field and didn’t return.

Niles Paul took Reed’s place along with Logan Paulsen in two-tight end sets.

Cofield injured his ankle late in the second quarter and didn’t return. The nose tackle entered the day riding an 80-game consecutive start streak — the longest such run by active defensive tackles in the NFL.

Chris Baker — usually the starting left end  — moved over to nose tackle, and backup Jarvis Jenkins took over at left end.

Update, 6:40 p.m.:

After the game, Redskins coach Jay Gruden classified Reed’s injury as a strain that would require an MRI exam to fully diagnose. He called Reed’s injury “a concern,” and indicated that the talented, yet oft-injured, tight end could miss significant time.

Reed himself said that aside from the MRI exam, he didn’t know what his next course of action is.

“It’s just real frustrating,” he mumbled during a brief interview.

Meanwhile, Gruden called Cofield’s injury a sprain. The nose tackle left NRG Stadium in what appeared to be an air cast.

Defensive end Kedric Golston suffered a strained groin. Defensive end Jason Hatcher twisted his ankle, but returned to action and said he expects that he’ll be fine. Fellow defensive lineman Chris Baker left the game briefly after having the wind knocked out of him.

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HOUSTON, TX. September 7: Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden takes the field for his head coaching debut against the Houston Texans on September 7, 2014 in Houston, TX. (Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

Redskins drop season opener to Texans

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HOUSTON, TX. September 7: Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden takes the field for his head coaching debut against the Houston Texans on September 7, 2014 in Houston, TX. (Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)
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