Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins said that he didn’t feel like his sprained right foot was a particularly serious injury when he sustained it against the Steelers on Monday night and it appears that his impression has been proven correct.
Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports that the MRI done on Cousins’ foot on Tuesday came back negative for any structural injury or other problem that would keep Cousins from serving as the team’s backup quarterback this season. Cousins was diagnosed with a mid-foot sprain, which can sometimes turn out to be more once imaging reveals what’s going on inside the foot. The Redskins had just such a case earlier this month when rookie safety Phillip Thomas was lost for the year with a Lisfranc injury after initially being described as having a sprained foot.
Per Marvez, he is expected back for the season opener and may even be ready to play in the team’s final preseason game of the summer next week.
That’s obviously good news for the Redskins, even if Cousins doesn’t play in the final tune-up. The team has to feel better about heading into the regular season with their first choice insurance policy against a prolonged absence for Robert Griffin III than they would about having Rex Grossman one big hit away from leading the offense.