The neck injury that knocked Colt McCoy out of the final two minutes of Sunday’s loss to the St. Louis Rams is not believed to be serious, and the possibility remains that the quarterback could play this week, a person with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday morning.
The test results revealed no structural damage. But McCoy’s availability will hinge largely on how quickly the soreness in his neck subsides, and how quickly he regains full range of motion, the story said. The piece added that Washington's coaching staff isn’t expected to have a full idea of whether or not McCoy can or will start until later in the week. At this point, Robert Griffin III or Kirk Cousins could start if McCoy can't go. The Skins play the Giants in Week 15.
Kirk Cousins has been the Redskins’ third-string quarterback ever since Week 9. But that doesn’t mean he’s going to stay there.
The Redskins’ quarterback situation has been in flux ever since Robert Griffin III suffered a dislocated ankle early in the team’s second game of the season. It is now as up in the air as it has been all year and Cousins could have a seat at the table.
Colt McCoy, who has risen from third string to starter over the course of the year, suffered a sprained neck late in Redskins’ 24-0 loss to the Rams. Redskins coach Jay Gruden said that Griffin should get the start on Sunday against the Giants if McCoy can’t go.
However, Gruden was not firm about anything involving the quarterbacks and he didn’t rule out Cousins getting another shot at some point during the last three games.
“I could see myself playing with Kirk, no doubt about it.,” said Gruden. “I like Kirk, I think he did some good things when he was in there. Obviously turnovers and third downs have really plagued us pretty hard.”
The Skins QB situation is a bit of a mess. Reports Sunday said it would depend on McCoy's health, and that he would start if possible. Washington actually has some decent matchups starting with the Giants in Week 15, then the Eagles followed by the Cowboys, but just about any Redskin comes with risk in the fantasy playoff season.
Sunday, December 7, 2014, 7:27pm
RB Roy Helu Jr. (toe) was questionable to return but never did.
McCoy was in pain and was in a hurry to get to a hospital for further evaluation. It was a rough day for McCoy, who was sacked six times and threw two interceptions. McCoy left with two minutes remaining because of the injury, replaced by Robert Griffin III.
The story added that Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he wasn’t sure who his starting quarterback would be, but that mostly has to do with McCoy’s health. But Gruden also said he would review the tape of McCoy’s game to see if a change is warranted. Robert Griffin III could possibly get the start again if McCoy can't go in Week 15.
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 7:23pm
With reports of Redskins head coach Jay Gruden being at odds with his front office and owner over the future of quarterback Robert Griffin III, a new story from The Washington Post says the rookie coach could be fired over the disagreement.
This is what columnist Jason Reid wrote on Saturday:
"Although it’s unknown whether Snyder and Allen eventually will agree to trade Griffin, what has become clear from recent conversations with Redskins officials is that Gruden believes he needs a clean break from Griffin to focus on fixing Washington’s 3-9 mess. And if Snyder and Allen commit to Griffin as the starter in 2015, Gruden could be “one and done,” a team official said, alluding to Gruden possibly being fired despite four years remaining on his guaranteed five-year contract."
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 2:22pm
Redskins wide receiver Aldrick Robinson was waived on Saturday, reports John Keim of ESPN.com.
A one-dimensional deep threat, Robinson was seventh in the pecking order at wide receiver prior to his release. The 2011 sixth-round draft pick has caught just one pass for six yards this season.
Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm
Redskins WR DeSean Jackson (shin, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 14. The Redskins are out of the playoff race, so there’s no need to rush Jackson back other than to try to win a few games to save face. Pierre Garcon, Andre Roberts and Jordan Reed would all get a bump if D-Jax can’t play. Washington plays in the early round of games on Sunday.
Coach Chuck Pagano told reporters Friday that Vontae Davis has been ruled out for Sunday's game with the Browns after missing his third straight practice on Friday with the concussion he suffered last week against the Redskins.
Defensive coordinator Greg Manusky said Thursday that he believed Davis would play, but without him the Colts will lean on Darius Butler across from Greg Toler.
Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:59pm
Redskins WR DeSean Jackson (shin) missed practice again Thursday. Jackson was reportedly “still limping” on the sideline at practice on Wednesday, which indicates that he’s not a good bet to be able to play through the injury. The Redskins are out of the playoff race, so there’s no need to rush Jackson back other than to try to win a few games to save face. Pierre Garcon, Andre Roberts and Jordan Reed would all get a bump if D-Jax can’t play. Washington plays in the early round of games on Sunday.
Murray should take over the top spot in the Raiders' backfield after the 171 yards and two touchdown he produced on 11 touches in his last two games, but HC Tony Sparano has already said that he won't use Murray as a "workhorse" back, per Alex Marvez of Fox Sports. On paper, Murray's matchup with the 49ers is a tough one, though San Francisco has yielded over 5.0 YPC to Marshawn Lynch and Alfred Morris in the last two games.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 6:30pm
Redskins WR DeSean Jackson (shin) did not practice Wednesday. Jackson was reportedly “still limping” on the sideline at practice, which indicates that he’s not a good bet to be able to play through the injury. The Redskins are out of the playoff race, so there’s no need to rush Jackson back other than to try to win a few games to save face. Pierre Garcon, Andre Roberts and Jordan Reed would all get a bump if D-Jax can’t play. Washington plays in the early round of games on Sunday.
Indianapolis Colts backup running back Daniel "Boom" Herron has outplayed starter Trent Richardson in the past two games. But coach Chuck Pagano is not ready to make a switch and give Herron the majority of the workload in the backfield.
"We're not there," Pagano said. "You guys might be, but I'm not."
Still, Pagano is sticking by Richardson, who returns to face the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, because he has "no level of concern with how he's playing."
"He's a professional, he understands," Pagano said. "None of us can ever get away from working at our craft regardless of the circumstance, regardless of adversity, just keep grinding, just keep working, just keep swinging the ax. If he keeps swinging the ax, the tree will fall. If you put the ax down, the tree is never coming down. Just keep chopping wood and good things will happen."
Herron has rushed for 153 yards and a touchdown in the past two games. Richardson has only rushed for 54 yards in the past two games. He gained 12 yards on eight attempts against the Washington Redskins on Sunday, and that performance came two weeks after he didn't rush for any yards on six attempts against New England. Herron looks like the better fantasy back to own and it didn't take long for him to emerge over Richardson. It seems like Richardson is still going to get his work for now though.
It's good news for owners. This week's matchup is a great one against the 32nd ranked Titans - in terms of allowing fantasy points to RBs. Week 15 and 16 matchups get a little tougher with the Redskins and Rams, who are both in the top-10. With the Giants out of the race, don't be surprised if they give Andre Williams a few more looks as there's no point in risking further injury to Jennings.