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Kirk Cousins unharmed after big hit in fourth quarter

Kirk Cousins said he felt a “flash of pain” after taking a blow to the back in the fourth quarter of the Washington Redskins’ 20-15 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday afternoon, and that he was lucky to avoid an injury.

With the Redskins only up 17-15 with 4:38 remaining in the fourth quarter, Cousins and the Washington offense faced a third and five on the Arizona 14-yard line. The quarterback stayed in the pocket and released a pass intended for wide receiver Josh Doctson, only for it to fall short as he was slammed in the back by Arizona linebacker Chandler Jones coming from his blindside. Cousins, falling forward after the full-impact hit from Jones’s helmet, then fell into offensive lineman Brandon Scherff to double the hit’s impact.

“Fortunately, I’m feeling just fine,” Cousins said after the game. “There was a flash of pain there, but by the time I got to the sideline and settled down, the pain subsided and I was feeling fine. I feel like I dodged a bullet there and was pretty fortunate.”

Cousins was slow to get up after the play as he reached for his back, but still made it to the sidelines and didn’t miss a snap. Following the incomplete pass, the Redskins were forced to try a 32-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins that went through the uprights to give Washington a 20-15 advantage. Cousins ended up completing 18 of 26 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns.

Cousins has not been injured this season and hasn’t missed a game since he was elevated to the team’s starting quarterback role in 2015.

Source: Washington Post | Samantha Pell | December 17, 2017