The Washington Redskins’ injury misfortune continued Monday night in their second win of the preseason, although coach Mike Shanahan was optimistic that none of the injuries is serious.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins mildly sprained the middle of his right foot in the second quarter of Washington’s 24-13 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. X-rays showed no fracture, but Cousins is scheduled to have an MRI exam Tuesday to determine whether he suffered a LisFranc injury.
“The preliminary indications are not to worry about that,” Cousins said.
Cousins expects his availability this week to be determined daily. He left the game after being tackled around the ankles near the sideline. His right foot was tangled underneath him as he fell. Cousins tried to limp back to the huddle, but he sat down on the field in order to receive medical attention. He walked gingerly to the locker room and did not return.
“When I first did it, I didn’t feel like it was anything serious,” Cousins said. “It feels almost like a sprained ankle, just in the middle of my foot.”
First-string nose tackle Barry Cofield fractured his right hand in the first half. He is not expected to miss any regular-season game time, but he must wear a cast, Shanahan said.
“I broke the same bone in my other hand in 8th grade and came back and played great in middle school football,” Cofield said. “So I’m not too worried about it, and I think I should bounce back with a little tape and TLC.”
Injuries were the main focus of an otherwise sloppy victory. The Redskins won despite four turnovers and three personal foul penalties.
“You’ve got to eliminate them,” Shanahan said. “When you’re able to overcome some of those mistakes, that means a lot of people are playing hard and playing together. But…that’s way to many mistakes.”
Receivers Leonard Hankerson (right knee) and Aldrick Robinson (left thigh) did not return after suffering injuries late in the second quarter, but neither is considered serious.
Rookie running back Chris Thompson’s left shoulder popped out and immediately went back into the joint when he was tackled in the second half. He returned to the game. Running back Keiland Williams suffered a minor left knee injury.
Washington outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 22-yard interception return for a touchdown. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger intended a pass for a running back in the right the flat. Kerrigan read the play perfectly with the help of some pre-snap direction from inside linebacker London Fletcher.
“Fletch alerted us before the play: ‘Screen. Watch the screen,’” Kerrigan said. “Sure enough, that’s what came out.”
Hankerson’s one-handed 10-yard touchdown catch was one of few highlights in a game that featured seven turnovers. He separated to the inside with a double move.
“It was man coverage,” Hankerson said. “I saw that, and I saw that was a touchdown from that. When I’m standing at the line of scrimmage, I knew it was a touchdown automatic because I saw what defense they was in.”
That made it 14-3 in the second quarter. Kai Forbath added a 38-yard field goal on the final play of the first half.
Washington’s third-string defense surrendered a touchdown to the Steelers’ third-stringers. Undrafted linebacker Will Compton was turned in a circle by a play-action pass, which opened a lane for rookie quarterback Landry Jones to find receiver Derek Moye for a 10-yard touchdown.
Redskins running back Roy Helu Jr. scored a 30-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter on a read-option play. Pittsburgh safety Robert Golden overran the play after quarterback Pat White handed to Helu, who broke a tackle a burst up the middle.
White and Rex Grossman each threw an interception. Rookie tight end Jordan Reed took responsibility for Grossman’s interception, saying he ran the wrong route. He was supposed to cross the safety’s face.