Nose tackle Cofield back from two injuries, will suit up

ASHBURN — Washington Redskins nose tackle Barry Cofield Jr. will play for the first time Sunday since the first half of the season opener against Houston.

Cofield injured his right ankle in that game. He was played on the short-term injured reserve list, which mandates an eight-week absence.

Sunday is the first game he is eligible to play, and coach Jay Gruden said Cofield will suit up.

During his rehab, Cofield also had surgery on a groin muscle that he said was sore, but that he didn’t want to take the time to have surgery on during the season.

“It bothered me pretty badly,” Cofield said. “It’s almost like the ankle came right on time. I think I would have had a hard time making it through the season the way my groin was. (It was) a lot of rehab — rehabbing two different injuries — and it’s been tough, but I’m very excited to be back.”

Cofield also had sports hernia surgery in the offseason.

He said he hadn’t missed an extended period of time at any point in his football career, going all the way back to middle school.

His teammates said having him on the field will be a difference maker Sunday.

“Getting him back is good for everybody,” linebacker Ryan Kerrigan said. “Any time you have a pass rusher as capable as him in the middle, it makes everyone’s job easier.”

Redskins fan takes last

shot at team in obituary

An obituary for John Ray Bartgis of Mechanicsville ran in Wednesday’s Times-Dispatch.

His obituary included a reference to his favorite professional football team.

“John was also a diehard Washington Redskins fan,” the obituary read. “And one of his final wishes was that the team members would be his pallbearers so they can let him down one last time.”

Bartgis certainly suffered through some lean seasons in his final years, though he was alive for all three of the team’s Super Bowl titles.

A fan in Cleveland used a similar line last year, to which the Browns responded by sending a custom jersey for the funeral.

Atlee’s Johnson is Redskins’ high school coach of the week

Roscoe Johnson, head coach at Atlee High School, has been named the Washington Redskins high school coach of the week.

Johnson’s Raiders are 8-2 and will open the playoffs Friday night.

In the announcement from the Redskins, the team cited a recommendation from Dave Kannewurf, Atlee’s director of student activities.

“Coach Johnson knows how to motivate and communicate well with his student-athletes,” Kannewurf said. “He is an amazing role model and works hard to help his players be successful on and off the field.”

The Redskins announce a “coach of the week” every week. Each coach chosen receives a $1,000 donation to the school’s football program, and a framed certificate signed by coach Jay Gruden.

In 2013, Mike Henderson of Douglas Freeman was one of the weekly winners.

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