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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Redskins Injury Update: Barry Cofield expected to come off short-term IR

By on 11/11/2014 05:00:00 PM

Barry Cofield has spent the last eight weeks on the Washington Redskins' short term injured reserve list. However, head coach Jay Gruden said, Monday, that the team would activate the ninth-year pro.

Cofield had been nursing numerous injuries when he was placed on the reserve list early in the season. The star defensive tackle was ailing from both a groin strain and high ankle sprain. While he has practiced for the last three weeks, Cofield has only been eligible to return to the active roster this week.

The Redskins still have to make a move to make room for Cofield on the roster. The team had shifted their line around in Cofield’s stead, moving Chris Baker from left end to nose tackle, and Jarvis Jenkins to the end.

Gruden didn’t immediately state that Cofield would be the starter, but was confident that he would provide the team with increased depth. There is also the strong possibility that Cofield could work his way into the starting lineup by the end of the year.

After a strong start to the year, the Redskins have failed to consistently apply pressure to opposing quarterbacks. Their record of 3-6 is indicative of this lack in success, however with the return of Cofield, the team has a chance to get immensely stronger on their front line.

The Redskins will take on the reeling Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week, as they look to turn around a disappointing season.

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