Why is Colt McCoy back on crutches?

Brian Tinsman
March 24, 2019 - 7:52 pm

Update at 9 p.m.: Jay Gruden confirmed to the media that Colt McCoy's crutches are from a "small procedure":

If the Washington Redskins' plan at quarterback seems indecisive this offseason, the Indycar series might have provided some context for why.

Colt McCoy, who very well could be the team's Week 1starter at quarterback, is back on crutches 3.5 months after injuring his leg on the gridiron.

McCoy had the ceremonial honor of saying, "Gentlemen, start your engines" at the Texas race on Sunday, and was shown with a crutch under each arm:

McCoy fractured his fibula vs. the Philadelphia Eagles on Dec. 3. He finished the drive after the injury and was removed from the game but not immediately ruled out for the season. In fact, if the team had found a way to win without him and remain in playoff contention, the team hopes McCoy could return for a postseason run.

That did not happen. However, as J.P. Finlay of NBC Sports-Washington noted, McCoy was seen in the locker room weeks after the injury walking without crutches.

This suggests that either McCoy re-injured his leg, sustained a different injury, needed some sort of follow-up surgery, or got some other injury repaired.

Any of these developments would be newsworthy, as the team has yet to address that McCoy was anything less than healthy.

So, what's the reason?

Head coach Jay Gruden is expected to address the media from the NFL league meetings on Tuesday. This news certainly raises the profile of that media availability.

The Redskins were active in the quarterback market this offseason, with links to Joe Flacco (before he was dealt to Denver), Josh Rosen and Case Keenum. The Redskins made a team-friendly deal to add Keenum and addressed the media afterward, mentioning McCoy.

“I told [Colt> there’s going to be competition,” head coach Jay Gruden said. “Case didn’t come here to sit on the bench, and Colt’s not going to want to sit on the bench. So it’s going to be great competition. But they understand that that’s what it’s going to be about.

"I have absolutely zero idea of who’s going to be the starter right now. I want to let them compete...I’m just going to let it play out, let the performance speak for itself and go from there."

Lots of words said about McCoy. No mention of any injuries or setbacks.

This should be an interesting media session on Tuesday.

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