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