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Washington Redskins NT Barry Cofield Optimistic for Return by Week 1

Barry Cofield

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Redskins seem to have some really bad luck when it comes to keeping their players healthy.  In the interest of not jinxing any of the current healthy Redskins stars, who have in the past been injury prone, a list of examples will not follow.  However, all one needs to do is look at the current quarterback situation that has both Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins questionable for Week 1 to understand the point.

There are going to be injuries in the NFL, no one can doubt that.  Fans can just hope that they are not serious.

In the case of Redskins starting nose tackle Barry Cofield, it is a pleasure to report that his injury is not serious.  Reported as a fractured hand, Cofield expects, baring no further setbacks, to return by Week 1.

“The goal is to be back for Week 1,” said Cofield.  “I feel optimistic that that’s the case…Teammates have a high expectation of me. They count on me to perform and to lead. So that’s my goal and I feel confident.”

To see how lucky the Redskins are to dodge this bullet, Cofield’s NFL statistics need to be examined.  In his seven years in the NFL, five with the New York Giants and two with the Redskins, Cofield has started in all but two games.  He has registered 271 tackles, 184 solo tackles, 16 sacks, 25 pass deflections, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.  His stats are not amazing beyond belief, but Cofield is as consistent and talented as they come.

Until Cofield can play, backup Chris Neild will start in his place.  Neild, who missed all of last season and just returned from recovery, has fans worried about his own health.  Cofield,is confident in Neild and in his own ability to return by Week 1.

“Chris just bounced back from his knee injury better than we could have hoped for,” Cofield said. “We’ve got a lot of depth…so far, I think we’ve been pretty solid.”

The Cofield injury will be nothing to worry about, unless you’re one of those people who think the preseason counts.  Be ready to watch Cofield continue his dominance in this regular season.

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