NFL NOTEBOOK: Redskins backup QB Cousins injured with Steelers RB Bell

2013-08-20T00:00:00Z NFL NOTEBOOK: Redskins backup QB Cousins injured with Steelers RB BellThe Associated Press The Associated Press
August 20, 2013 12:00 am  • 

LANDOVER, Md. - Robert Griffin III's surgeon ended up tending to Griffin's backup.

Le'Veon Bell got hurt again.

There were 15 penalties and seven turnovers, including a sequence of three giveaways in five plays. What a mess it was when the Washington Redskins beat Pittsburgh 24-13 Monday night.

Quarterback Kirk Cousins, the insurance policy in case Griffin isn't ready for the Redskins' season opener, sprained his right foot early in the second quarter and was tended to by Dr. James Andrews.

Bell, a second-round pick from Michigan State who was supposed to have the inside track on the up-for-grabs Steelers running back job, hurt his right foot in the first quarter. A sore left knee had kept him out of the preseason opener.

Griffin didn't play but suited up again in his yearning to get on the field after right knee surgery.

Cousins started and went 2 for 3 for 19 yards before he got injured the same way Griffin did during a game last season - while getting tackled at the end of a run. With Cousins out, Rex Grossman took advantage of the extra playing time and completed 10 of 16 passes for 133 yards with one TD.

The star was Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, who made a juggling interception of a screen pass from Ben Roethlisberger and returned it 22 yards for a score.

Cards cut ex-Cat Quinn

GLENDALE - The Arizona Cardinals released three players Monday, including former Arizona Wildcats center Kyle Quinn.

Quinn was trying to make the team as an undrafted rookie. The team also cut backup punter Will Batson and guard-center Scott Wedige, trimming its roster to 87.

Extra points

• Buffalo released kicker Rian Lindell and gave the job to rookie Dustin Hopkins. Lindell hit 225 of 270 field goals in 10 years. His percentage (83.3) set a team record.

• The Chiefs traded wide receiver Jon Baldwin to the 49ers on Monday for fellow first-round wideout A.J. Jenkins.

• Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wore a left knee brace in practice Monday after he suffered a sprained knee last week.

• Jacksonville named Blaine Gabbert its starting quarterback over Chad Henne, but the Jaguars said Gabbert will miss the rest of the preseason because of a broken right thumb suffered Saturday.

• Jets LB Quinton Coples is out indefinitely with an ankle injury, and Garrett McIntyre will take his place. Also, Jets rookie QB Geno Smith returned to practice, his sprained ankle feeling better.

• Cleveland acquired offensive guard John Moffitt in a trade from Seattle on Monday in exchange for defensive lineman Brian Sanford.

• The Giants don't know when WR Victor Cruz will return, but they said his bruised heel does not seem serious. Center David Baas sprained the MCL in his left knee and could miss the opener.

• Dallas RB Lance Dunbar has a sprained left foot and may not be ready for the opener.

• San Diego Chargers rookie LB Manti Te'o, who has a sprained right foot, is out of a walking boot but did not return to practice.

• Titans tight end Delanie Walker passed his physical and began to practice on a limited basis.

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