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NT Barry Cofield To Be Placed On Short-Term IR

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Redskins nose tackle Barry Cofield will be placed on short-term injured reserve, a source confirmed Tuesday, dealing a blow to the team’s depth on the defensive line, John Keim of reports.

Cofield suffered a high sprain to his right ankle in Sunday’s 17-6 loss to the Texans. He can’t return to practice for six weeks and can’t play for eight weeks. Teams can designate only one player per season to return from injured reserve.

Redskins coach Jay Gruden brought up this as a possibility Monday, but the team was hoping to avoid a worst-case scenario. The Redskins also have an injured tight end in Jordan Reed, who could miss time with a slight hamstring strain.

Cofield hasn’t missed a game since the 2008 season finale, when he was with the New York Giants. He has started the past 49 games at nose tackle since signing with Washington before the 2011 season.

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