Cofield suffers broken bone, expects to return soon

Cofield suffers broken bone, expects to return soon
August 19, 2013, 10:30 pm
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Shanahan talks injuries to Cousins, Cofield

Washington Redskins nose tackle Barry Cofield (96) recovers a fumble by Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Bruce Gradkowski (5) in the second quarter at FedEx Field.

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With quarterback Kirk Cousins on crutches late Monday night and sporting a walking boot, the Redskins did not need additional bad news on injuries. It appears the team avoided that fate.

Starting nose tackle Barry Cofield suffered a broken bone in his right hand on a first half play where he was trying to tackle Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Cofield explained he wasn't sure exactly how the injury occurred, but that doctors said it was a "clean break" and that no surgery was required.

"I'm optimistic," Cofield said to reporters following the game. “Obviously the main goal, the most important game is [Philadelphia]. I'd be surprised and disappointed if I wasn't able to be out there for that one."

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan echoed Cofield's opinion on the injury. 

"He should be OK, but he’ll have to have a cast on," the coach said. Shanahan said that Cofield showed his toughness by talking with the media right after suffering a broken bone. 

"Most guys would be in a hospital, intensive-care," Shanahan said. "That gives you an idea how tough he is."

Teammates were relieved to hear the injury to Cofield was relatively minor.

"Obviously he’s not going to be 100 percent, but he came in and told us he was feeling all right, nothing is going to set him back too much," Skins defensive back DeAngelo Hall said about Cofield's hand. "So we’re looking forward to still having him out there from day one."

Cofield joked that he suffered a similar injury while playing football in the 8th grade. Though it was some time ago, Cofield said he was able to rebound from the broken bone to still play well, and he expects similar results with this injury.

Practice time may remain limited for Cofield while he rests the broken finger, but he doesn't expect any significant need for medical attention.

"I'm not too worried about it. I think I should be able to bounce back with a little tape and TLC."

Though he may not see any more preseason action, for a man with a broken finger, Cofield appeared to be in good spirits. That bodes well for the Redskins.