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Washington hid Barry Cofield groin injury


In Week One of the 2014 season, Washington defensive lineman Barry Cofield suffered a sprained ankle. It landed him on injured reserve, with the designation to return.

Cofield has now returned. And he has disclosed that, while missing due to the ankle injury, he also had groin surgery.

“A lot of people didn’t know about the groin,” Cofield said Wednesday, via “But it bothered me pretty badly. 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. So I had the ankle and then went and had the groin surgery done like right after that.”

So the groin bothered him pretty badly. And yet the Week One injury report failed to disclose that Cofield had a groin injury.

It’s a fairly blatant violation of the injury report, coming in the very first set of injury reports submitted on behalf of first-year coach Jay Gruden. And it invites speculation as to how many other injuries have been hidden by the team this year.

UPDATED 6:06 p.m. ET: Washington contends Cofield was healthy for Week One.