Coach Jay Gruden is "optimistic" McCoy (fibula) will play again this season, John Keim of ESPN.com reports. In the wake of Alex Smith's gruesome season-ending leg fractures, McCoy lasted just seven quarters as the Redskins' primary signal-caller before breaking his own fibula. The offense has since cycled through two more quarterbacks, replacing Mark Sanchez with Josh Johnson during a Week 14 loss to the Giants. Johnson is the starter for the time being, but McCoy seems to be a candidate to start Week 16 or 17 if the healing process goes as planned.
Coach Jay Gruden admitted Thursday that McCoy will realistically require more than three weeks to recover from the surgery the quarterback underwent Tuesday to address a fractured fibula, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports. The Redskins have thus far resisted placing McCoy on injured reserve after he suffered the lower-leg injury in Monday's loss to the Eagles, but it wouldn't be surprising if the signal-caller was ultimately shut down for good in order to free up a roster spot. Per Tarik El-Bashir of The Athletic, Gruden noted that a 2-to-3-week recovery timeline for McCoy would be "wishful thinking." Instead, it's believed McCoy will need at least a month to heal up from surgery, making it unlikely he'll be back in time for the Redskins' regular-season finale Dec. 30 against the Eagles. Mark Sanchez will replace McCoy as the team's starting quarterback Week 14 against the Giants and will likely handle the No. 1 role the rest of the way.
Coach Jay Gruden noted Tuesday that, for now, Washington will refrain from placing McCoy (fibula) on injured reserve, with the hope that the QB could return before the end of the team's season. The team's final regular-season contest is Dec. 30, and a return before then seems unrealistic for McCoy. That said, at 6-6, Washington is in the NFC playoff hunt, and if the team qualifies for the postseason, McCoy could re-enter the team's QB mix.
McCoy underwent X-rays after exiting Monday's game against the Eagles and was diagnosed with a fractured right fibula, Lisa Salters reported on the ESPN broadcast. As a result, McCoy's 2018 campaign is over only two weeks after No. 1 signal-caller Alex Smith (lower leg) suffered a season-ending injury of his own. Those absences leave Mark Sanchez as the only healthy quarterback on the roster, but the team will almost certainly add another option to the roster by Wednesday. The 32-year-old McCoy faces an uncertain future in the NFL in light of his age and the severity of his injury.
McCoy (lower leg) has been downgraded to out for the remainder of Monday's game against the Eagles. McCoy will finish the game four of four for 50 yards passing. Mark Sanchez will take over under center for the rest of Monday's contest, but if McCoy is out for an extended period, it seems likely that the Redskins will scan free agency in the coming week for either a starting quarterback or a backup to Sanchez. More will be known about the severity of McCoy's lower leg injury in the near future.
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