Hopeful for late-season return, Redskins won't put McCoy on IR

Chris Lingebach
December 04, 2018 - 5:47 pm

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The Redskins won't be placing injured quarterback Colt McCoy on Injured Reserve, as least not now.

McCoy suffered a broken fibula in the first quarter of Monday's loss to the Eagles. On the optimistic side, Jay Gruden hopes McCoy will only miss "two to three weeks," while saying the quarterback could also miss "four weeks, possibly." That leaves the window open – just enough – for McCoy to make a late-season return, if the Redskins are still in playoff contention.

"I don't know yet, that's something we have to decide," Gruden said on Tuesday. "I don't think I'll put him on IR right away. I think we'll try to get through this week, see where we're at, and see where he's at."

"So, if we can figure out a way to beat the Giants, which I think we will do the best we can, and we're still alive in this thing, I'd like to keep him up," he said. "If he can get back for the last game of the year against Philadelphia, that'd be be great. Or possibly the playoffs. But right now I think we're going to hold on him and not put him on IR until we get more information about where we are."

The Redskins held a QB tryout at Redskins Park at 4:30 p.m. Gruden specified the players brought in would be interviewing for the backup role.

"We have four games left, and to think we're gonna find another quarterback and put a whole new game plan together – again – is quite difficult," Gruden said. "(Mark) Sanchez has a very minor understanding of our offense. He just got here not too long ago, so we're gonna try to work with him and fit in what he knows and branch off with the Giants, do a little bit."

"But the backup quarterback, whoever it is, we'll have to just give him a small group of plays that he can understand and function with," he said.

McCoy underwent successful surgery Tuesday morning.

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