Colt McCoy's 2018 season is over

Brian Tinsman
December 23, 2018 - 11:52 pm

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With the Washington Redskins officially eliminated from the playoffs on Sunday, the Redskins have made the decision to shut down Colt McCoy, who was the team's secret weapon if they stayed alive.

Staying on the active roster despite suffering what many believed to be a season-ending injury, McCoy was actually rehabbing and progressing towards availability.

Had the Redskins defeated the Tennessee Titans on Saturday and gotten some help on Sunday, head coach Jay Gruden was keeping McCoy in the mix, despite losing an active roster spot for more than a month.

But then again, what else is new for the Redskins?

"We don’t have a lot of bodies that we can play," Gruden said, surely thinking of the team's extensive injured reserve and injury report lists. "There’s a couple young guys on the practice squad you could possibly promote."

He finishes the season appearing in three games and starting two, both top marks since 2014. However, it's hard to see this season as anything but a lost opportunity, as McCoy took over for the injured Alex Smith with plenty of time to prove his ability as a starter. 

Smith is unlikely to be ready for training camp, and McCoy is likely to be in the mix to stand in, once healthy. However, after his own leg injury, 2018 might have been McCoy's last best chance to prove his NFL skills.

Whether McCoy ends up on the injured reserve list is not yet known. Gruden made the interesting comment that tight end Jordan Reed, who hasn't played in the last two games, is unlikely to be available but will not end up on injured reserve.

"There’s no reason to put him on IR with one game to go. If he can’t play, he can’t play," Gruden said. "He’ll just be inactive, probably, at this point unless we need to bring somebody up and need that spot."

The likely means increased opportunities for tight end Jeremy Sprinkle, especially with Vernon Davis still unavailable in the concussion protocol. Sprinkle made the most of his opportunities vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars, catching the team's only touchdown, which delivered the win.

The only disappointing loss on Saturday was defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis, who has put together an impressive season. Ioannidis, who came into the game with a shin injury, left with a hamstring injury and was ruled out to return.

Regardless, Gruden prefers to look at everyone else who didn't get hurt.

"Right now, I feel like we came out pretty healthy with the exception of Ioannidis," Gruden said. "We dress six linemen anyway, so we still have five healthy defensive linemen to play."


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