Cousins' MRI shows no ligament damage

Cousins' MRI shows no ligament damage
August 20, 2013, 1:00 pm
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It looks like the Redskins can exhale.

According to multiple reports, the MRI on quarterback Kirk Cousins’ injured right foot showed no ligament damage and indications are that he should be able to play soon.

A source with knowledge of the MRI results confirmed to CSN Washington's Tarik El-Bashir that the test showed no ligament damage and that Cousins is expected to be ready to play in the Redskins' season opener on Sept. 9.

Cousins was injured in the second quarter of last night’s game against the Steelers. Linebacker Lamar Woodley appeared to come down on the foot when tackling the Redskins’ quarterback from behind. He went back to the huddle before sitting down and summoning trainers to look at the foot. He left the stadium wearing a protective boot and using crutches.

X-rays taken shortly after Cousins was injured revealed no serious issues but there were still concerns about the possibility of a Lisfranc injury or another serious issue that could not be ruled out for sure until the MRI was taken.

Cousins’ health is of primary concern to the Redskins due to the fact that their starter, Robert Griffin III, has not yet been cleared to play in the regular season opener after he had reconstructive knee surgery last January.

It is still not known if Cousins will be able to play in the Redskins’ next preseason game against Buffalo on Saturday. That is the third preseason game and that is considered to be an important tuneup for the regular season.

We should have more answers after Mike Shanahan addresses the media after practice on Wednesday afternoon.