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associated press Second-year nose tackle Chris Neild was vying with Chris Baker to be the backup to Barry Cofield, but he tore an ACL in practice Monday and will be sidelined for the season. He played in all 16 games in 2011.

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Nose tackle Barry Cofield said his proudest achievement in his first year with the Redskins was helping teammate London Fletcher reach the Pro Bowl. Fletcher led the NFL with 166 tackles. (Associated Press)

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Nose tackle Barry Cofield said his proudest achievement in his first year with the Redskins was helping teammate London Fletcher reach the Pro Bowl. Fletcher led the NFL with 166 tackles. (Associated Press)

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Washington Redskins' Reed Doughty (37), right, and teammate Barry Cofield react after New York Giants' Lawrence Tynes (not shown) missed a field goal during the third quarter Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Redskins won 23-10. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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Washington Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker (94) and Washington Redskins nose tackle Barry Cofield (96) sit dejected on the bench as the game gets away from the Redskins in the fourth quarter. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Redskins nose tackle Barry Cofield has 17 tackles and two sacks on the year. (Associated Press)

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Washington Redskins nose tackle Barry Cofield (96) pressures Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore during the first quarter of the Dolphins' 20-9 home win on Nov. 13, 2011. (Associated Press)

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Washington Redskins nose tackle Barry Cofield (96) pressures Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore (8) during the first quarter. (AP Photo/Hans Deryk)

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Washington Redskins nose tackle Barry Cofield pressures Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore during the first quarter Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, in Miami. (AP Photo/Hans Deryk)

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Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton (1) scrambles as Washington Redskins' Barry Cofield (96) pursues during the first quarter of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

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St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford gets up slowly after being hit while throwing by Washington Redskins nose tackle Barry Cofield during the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

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Rams quarterback Sam Bradford gets up slowly after being hit by Redskins nose tackle Barry Cofield during the third quarter. Washington's defense has allowed just one team to score at least 20 points through the first four games. (Associated Press)

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Rams quarterback Sam Bradford gets up slowly after being hit by Redskins nose tackle Barry Cofield during the third quarter. Washington's defense has allowed just one team to score at least 20 points through the first four games.St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford is hit hard by Washington Redskins nose tackle Barry Cofield (96) during the third quarter of the NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

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Ryan Kerrigan, Barry Cofield, and Trent Williams of the Washington Redskins take down quarterback Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens in preseason football at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD, Thursday, August 25, 2011. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times) 91 96 72

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As a Giant, nose tackle Barry Cofield beat the Redskins nine out of 10 times. Reed Doughty (right) will be trying to do his part in the secondary, starting in place of injured LaRon Landry. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Teammates say new nose tackle Barry Cofield's athleticism allows him to do more than just stop the run. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Ryan Kerrigan, Barry Cofield, and Trent Williams of the Washington Redskins take down quarterback Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens in preseason football at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD, Thursday, August 25, 2011. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

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Washington Redskins defensive lineman Barry Cofield (96) and defensive end Jarvis Jenkins (99) work through drills during training camp at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va, Tuesday, August 9, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Barry Cofield, a starter for the New York Giants the last five seasons, figures to play nose tackle for the Washington Redskins after they acquired him Wednesday. (Associated Press Photographs)