Washington Redskins' Kirk Cousins Will Be Ready By Week 1

By Thomas Ford
Kirk Cousins
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The Washington Redskins will be one of the most watched teams in the NFL this year.  The electric style of play from superstar second-year quarterback Robert Griffin III has drawn much attention, especially to the opinion of whether or not he can stay healthy.

Not to worry, because Head Coach Mike Shanahan and Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan have a pretty solid back-up plan.  That plan includes quarterback Kirk Cousins, who would probably be a starter for another NFL team.  Although many fans had their doubts last year, they should have been put to rest when Cousins led the Redskins to a playoff berth after taking over for an injured Griffin.

Further, fans should realize the talent both Shanahans have at picking players after taking star rookie RB Alfred Morris in the sixth round.  Morris became the fourth player in NFL history to record over 1,600 rushing yards in his rookie year, ever.

Well, fans stopped worrying and started to believe in Cousins as well.  However, Cousins went down with a sprained right foot after playing almost a half versus the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Redskins’ second preseason game.  He eventually was walking around the sideline but scared fans when he left the locker room in a walking boot and on crutches.

Please, don’t ask fans to believe in third string quarterback and one time starter Rex Grossman.

Well, today it was claimed by a Redskins affiliate that the Redskins have no need to worry.  It was reported there is no major ligament damage to Cousins’ right foot.  This is great news because although the initial x-rays were negative, there could still have been severe damage, as was the case with rookie safety Phillip Thomas, who will likely miss the remainder of the season.

Although both Griffin and Cousins will miss the remainder of the preseason games, they both are scheduled to be back by Week 1.  Cousins, most likely, should play if Griffin cannot.  At the very least, he will be healthy by late September should Griffin do down.  Let’s all hope it doesn’t even come to that.

Thomas is a Sports Writer writer for RantSports.com.  Follow him on Twitter @tmford88, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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