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MRI shows no major injury for Redskins' Cousins

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Washington Redskins backup quarterback Kirk Cousins avoided a significant foot injury in Monday's preseason victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

An MRI on Tuesday showed no ligament damage and the Redskins don't believe he suffered a Lisfranc injury. The Redskins expect Cousins to be available for the regular-season opener on Sept. 9 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Cousins suffered a mid-foot injury, though X-rays taken at the stadium were also negative. Rookie safety Phillip Thomas received a similar diagnosis after being hurt in the Aug. 8 preseason opener at Tennessee only to have a season-ending Lisfranc sprain discovered.

"I'm feeling good," Cousins said after the game with his foot in a walking boot. "We'll know more (Tuesday after I have an MRI).

"When I first did it, I didn't feel like it was anything serious. It feels almost like a sprained ankle, just in the middle of my foot. As I started walking back to the huddle, I just decided ... preseason game No. 2 and a long season to go, now's not the time to try to be a hero."

The Redskins long ago decided that they wouldn't give Griffin that chance in preseason, preferring to let the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year make his 2013 debut in the regular-season opener against the Eagles, exactly eight months after surgery on his right knee. Griffin, who returned to full practice last Wednesday, was evaluated before the game by surgeon James Andrews for the first time in a month.

The Eagles announced Tuesday that Michael Vick would start. Vick was competing with Nick Foles for the No. 1 job with Philadelphia under first-year coach Chip Kelly.
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