LANDOVER, Md. (AP) -- Kirk Cousins limped past Robert Griffin III's locker, using crutches and wearing a stabilizing boot.
"He's OK, people," Griffin told the awaiting group of reporters.
He'd better be.
The Washington Redskins are running out of healthy quarterbacks.
With Griffin again a spectator as he works his way back from major knee surgery, the team's insurance policy suffered an injury of his own.
The preliminary diagnosis says Cousins sprained his right foot in the second quarter of Monday night's 24-13 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, although an MRI is scheduled for Tuesday to determine if it's something worse.
"When I first did it, it didn't feel like it was anything serious," Cousins said. "It feels almost like a sprained ankle, just in the middle of my foot."
Injuries -- including one to Steelers rookie running back Le'Veon Bell -- penalties and turnovers dominated a mess of a game, although Griffin once again upstaged the proceedings before the first ball was kicked.
He dressed in full uniform for the second straight game even though everyone knew he wasn't going to play.
And his surgeon, Dr. James Andrews, chatted with owner Dan Snyder and general manager Bruce Allen on the sideline while Griffin was warming up.
Griffin has been pining to go harder in practice and to play in a preseason game, publicly disagreeing with coach Mike Shanahan's more cautious plan.
But Shanahan said it's Andrews who has to give the thumbs-up for Griffin to play, and the target date for the quarterback's return remains the regular-season opener Sept. 9.
"He watched him out on the field. Then he brought him in and obviously checked him out," Shanahan said. "It's the first time that he's checked Robert since we went to training camp, when (Andrews) approved that he could practice. He felt very good about his progress.
"But, again, he's going to come back in a couple weeks after our preseason's over, re-evaluate him again, and then he'll give us the 'Yea' or 'Nay.'"
Wearing a bulky black brace on his right knee, Griffin walked onto the field well before kickoff wearing a white T-shirt with the words "OPERATION PATIENCE," his ad hoc theme throughout training camp.
At one point, he walked over to the sideline and gave Snyder a hug. Griffin smiled and laughed frequently during the game and even exchanged a high-five with Andrews.
"He says everything looks good," Griffin said during the ESPN broadcast. "We've just got to keep going from here."
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.
He grabbed his right foot after being dragged down along the sideline by linebacker Lawrence Timmons and was examined by Andrews before walking to the locker room.
Bell's injury appeared similar to Cousins'. The second-round pick, 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, another injury to go with the sore left knee that kept him out of Pittsburgh's preseason opener.
The Steelers were so eager to see what Bell could do that they gave him the ball on the first four offensive plays of the game. The ex-Michigan State back gained 4, 3, 1 and 1 yards, left the game and never returned. He is scheduled for an MRI on Tuesday.
Trainers for both teams stayed busy.
Steelers fullback Will Johnson left with a rib injury and running back Baron Batch had a stinger, although coach Mike Tomlin indicated that neither injury was serious.
Redskins defensive tackle Barry Cofield broke a bone in his right hand, but should be able to play with a cast. Receivers Aldrick Robinson (bruised left thigh) and Leonard Hankerson (bruised right knee), and running back Keiland Williams (strained left knee) were also among the ailing.
The hands-down star of the game was Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, who made a juggling interception of a screen pass from Ben Roethlisberger and returned it 22 yards for a touchdown.
Later, Kerrigan stripped Roethlisberger's backup, Bruce Gradkowski, to force another turnover.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Louis Delmas messed up an assignment in practice Monday morning.
The Lions safety didn't mind a bit, as long as he was able to stay on the field.
Delmas got a rare opportunity to get some work in as he continues to recover from a knee injury, and he was enjoying every minute.
"I made a mistake, because I was so excited to be out there," he said. "I went up to the coach and told him that I had screwed up, because I was just excited to be on the field."
Delmas isn't new at this game, having dealt with knee injuries for years, but the frustration of not having practiced since Aug. 8 was starting to wear on him.
"I love playing football," he said. "I want to be on the field every day. I know that isn't always the best idea, but that's what I want to do. By today I was ready to try to sneak out there with my pads on, but they decided to let me practice."
He didn't make it through the entire two-hour session -- he spent the final hour with ice on his knee, but he was encouraged enough to set his next goal.
He wants to get onto the field against the Patriots on Thursday night, partially to get some game-time action with Glover Quin, who will be starting at the other safety spot.
They both know that with the limited time Delmas has spent on the field thus far, they haven't built the chemistry needed to work together smoothly in the regular season.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Chuck Pagano spent Monday morning sifting through game tape from Sunday night's 20-12 victory at New York.
It didn't change his opinion one bit.
Less than 24 hours after the Colts coach and defensive coordinator Greg Manusky were seen smiling and congratulating on the sideline, Pagano told reporters this is the expectation.
"That's exactly how we want to play," Pagano said during a conference call with reporters. "We're going to be a damn good defense. The guys can see it and they can feel it."
Pagano knows a thing or two about top defenses, having spent four seasons in Baltimore before taking the Indy job. In Indianapolis, it's a whole new phenomenon.
For years, the Colts' defense was designed to rush quarterbacks, stay in front of plays and protect leads. That was good enough to make the playoffs in 11 of the 13 seasons before Pagano's arrival. But critics contended the usually undersized Colts wound up with only one Super Bowl title because they couldn't hold up against the run.
So when owner Jim Irsay rebuilt the team after 2011, he hired two people -- Pagano and general manager Ryan Grigson -- determined to change the philosophy. This spring, Irsay again demonstrated what he meant with a rare free-agent spending spree that brought in a handful of high-priced free agents, including safety LaRon Landry, defensive linemen Aubrayo Franklin and Ricky Jean Francois, linebacker Erik Walden and cornerback Greg Toler.
On Sunday, Indy finally saw the results.
The Colts finished with six sacks, allowed no touchdowns and stymied the Giants on their first red-zone opportunity by forcing New York to turn over the ball on downs -- and that was without Landry, who may finally start practicing again after missing the last two weeks with an injured knee.
The performance was applauded by everyone.
"When we give up a short field and field position, and we hold them to a fourth-down stand, it's great," quarterback Andrew Luck said Monday. "I think it's been fun watching them. We like to think they've improved, but we still have to prove it on Sundays."
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Coach Mike McCarthy is getting more options for the Packers' backfield.
Incumbent starter DuJuan Harris is itching to play after missing time with a knee injury.
Rookie Eddie Lacy has Green Bay fans buzzing after showing off his spin move and power-running style in his preseason debut last week against the Rams.
The running backs will be in the spotlight in the Packers' third preseason game Friday night at home against the Seahawks, what McCarthy dubs the "dress rehearsal" for when the real games start in a few weeks.
"It's time for individuals to step up and claim some responsibility," said about the team-wide competition for playing time. "You want to see this thing start to define itself. This is not a fun time of year. Who's doing what? You're running out of reps because we're halfway there."
So Harris, who is supposed to play Friday, is returning just in time to try to make an impression -- just as Lacy did last week against St. Louis.
Dreadlocks flowing out from under his yellow Packers helmet, the second-round pick from Alabama gained 40 yards on eight carries in the first half and added an 11-yard reception.
It was limited time in one preseason game, but Lacy made a successful debut nonetheless.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The raw right side of Chicago's offensive line will get another chance Friday night to gain experience against first-string defenders.
Without yet officially anointing rookie right guard Kyle Long and rookie right tackle Jordan Mills the opening day starters, Bears coach Marc Trestman on Monday said the two will get to follow their starts last week against San Diego by starting at Oakland in the third preseason game. Starters for Week 3 of the preseason usually start on opening day.
"The right side of the line, we'll keep it the same this week," Trestman said. "There were enough good things that happened (against San Diego) that we feel like we want to give them another opportunity to go out and play a little bit more against the first group and see what they can do."
Jay Cutler was sacked twice on the team's first series against the Chargers, but neither sack came from players lined up against the rookies.
"They were athletic, they were physical," Trestman said of Long and Mills. "Jordan got to play against (Dwight) Freeney for a couple snaps and learned a lot in those couple snaps.
"Just overall, there was an upside in assignments, physicality and athleticism. We're not ready to pass judgment yet, overall. We're just going to let this thing play itself out."
Long had been battling second-year guard/tackle James Brown for the starting spot, while Mills took J'Marcus Webb's spot last week after Webb allowed a sack in the preseason opener with Carolina.
A Chicago Tribune report said the Bears negotiated a pay cut for Webb from $1.323 million to $630,000, indicating they may think of him more as a backup now.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Tom Brady glanced down at his left knee brace, the one he wasn't wearing when he was injured last week.
It was on at practice Monday, with some encouragement from Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
"Mr. Kraft felt pretty strongly about me wearing it," Brady told a pack of reporters. "He said, 'What's the problem?' I said, 'I'll wear it. I'll wear it.'"
No sense taking chances with the two-time NFL MVP and the key to the success of New England's rebuilt offense.
The sprained knee Brady suffered at practice last Wednesday sent chills through Patriots fans and was still a major subject on Monday, the first time Brady spoke to the media since the incident.
The Patriots never made an announcement about the injury, but Brady knew he was OK soon after he was knocked over by left tackle Nate Solder, who had been pushed back by Tampa Bay defensive end Adrian Clayborn during a joint practice.
He knew the injury wasn't going to be serious "as soon as I got inside and had our trainers get a chance to look at it," he said. "There're a lot worse injuries that I've had and a lot of guys have played with far worse.
"I felt bad that it got the attention that it did because a lot of guys deal with a lot of stuff on a daily basis. I'm just lucky to be out here. After what happened to me in 2008, I love coming out to practice and playing and nothing is as exciting as that for me."
Brady suffered a season-ending injury to the same knee in the 2008 opener. He hasn't missed a game since.