Kirk Cousins escapes major injury, shouldn't miss much time

The Redskins' backup quarterback should be ready for the season opener. (USATSI)
Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins suffered a sprained foot in Monday night's preseason game against the Steelers but he escaped major injury and is not expected to miss much time, a source with knowledge of the situation tells CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.

FoxSport.com's Alex Marvez tweets that Cousins' MRI came back negative, and the quarterback should be ready for the regular-season opener.

Cousins, the Redskins' 2012 fourth-round pick played, well in limited duty as a rookie, occasionally spelling franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III, whose style of play left him exposed to big hits. Griffin is working his way back from a serious knee injury suffered in a January playoff loss to the Seahawks, and the hope is that he, too, will be ready when the games actually count.

“You know, right now, [a decision on when I can play] could come up to the Sunday before the game," RG3 told ESPN during the Monday Night Football telecast. "There’s no rush. It’s just about us all being on the same page. And I already actually talked to [Dr. James Andrews], and we met. He says everything looks good, we’ve just got to keep going from here.”

According to Redskins owner Dan Snyder, it will be Andrews -- and not the coaches -- who ultimately determines when Griffin is fit to return to the starting lineup.

“Redskins owner Dan Snyder has told us that the decision about when Robert Griffin III will be cleared to play will be up to team orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews,” ESPN's Lisa Salters said Monday. “And it will be Andrews’s decision alone. And Robert Griffin knows that."

In case you're wondering, the Redskins' No. 3 quarterback is Rex Grossman.

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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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