Kirk Cousins focuses on long-term health

He doesn’t have a T-shirt with a slogan for how he’s handling his recovery. Then again, Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins only has a sprained foot and it’s likely he won’t have to be patient for long.

Cousins said he is still walking “a little gingerly” but he is not in a boot nor does he need crutches. He doesn’t expect to play in Saturday’s preseason game against Buffalo, though he said he’s day to day. An MRI on Monday revealed no ligament damage.

“This time in the preseason, the experience is valuable to go out and play,” Cousins said. “But it’s not worth risking being ready and available for later in the year when the games do matter.

“The game this Saturday would be pushing it but you never know. I’m not going to cancel anything out. Day to day is the best I can tell you.”

The Redskins might need Cousins in Week 1 if starter Robert Griffin III -- he of the Operation Patience T-shirt -- isn’t ready to play in a game. Cousins has taken all the reps with the starters in the offseason and since training camp opened, save for Griffin getting 49 reps with the starters in 11-on-11 scout-team work last week.

“Right now it’s more important to rest and get healthy so that you’re there during the season than it would be to rush back,” Cousins said.

Cousins sprained his foot in the first quarter versus Pittsburgh on Monday night, getting tackled as he ran out of bounds. He said he's sprained his ankle many times, but had never suffered this sort of injury. The Redskins have treated it aggressively, he said.

"I have good movement, not great," he said. "Every day is going to get a little better."