Aug 19, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (12) is tended to by the training staff after suffering an apparent foot injury during the first half against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FedEX Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Kirk Cousins injury: Redskins backup to undergo MRI on Tuesday

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins has been filling in as the starter throughout the preseason with the injury to Robert Griffin III, but his status for the remainder of the preseason and beyond is now in jeopardy after suffering a foot injury during the second quarter of the team’s Monday Night Football match up against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

It was later announced that Cousins suffered a mid-foot sprain and that his x-ray results came back negative, but he still has to undergo some evaluation.

Just like Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, the mid-foot sprain could be a precursor to learning Cousins has a Lisfranc injury, which would keep him out for a majority of the season. Cousins will be undergoing an MRI to determine the extent of his foot injury and the team will hope that the news is not bad.

With Robert Griffin III still recovering from his surgery to repair a torn ACL over the offseason, they cannot afford to lose their top backup quarterback.

Cousins is more than capable of keeping the team at the level they were with Griffin running the show, but if Rex Grossman is forced in to action, things start to look a little more grim. Washington will want to avoid having Grossman in action during a regular season game at all costs, so they will have their fingers crossed as they await the MRI results and they will be hoping Griffin gets the green light to begin the regular season.

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