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Colt McCoy Has No Structural Damage From Neck Strain; Team Waiting to Decide on Starter vs Giants

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Colt McCoy's injury should not keep him out for long, but will his recent play keep him out of the lineup even if he is healthy enough to play?

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Colt McCoy left Sunday's game late in the 4th Quarter after taking his 6th sack of the game.  It wasn't the last sack by Rams defensive end that injured though, it was the clubbing sack by Robert Quinn on the previous drive.  McCoy knew something wasn't right after Quinn's forearm smashed into his neck and shoulder area, but he played a few more snaps before being pulled from the game.  McCoy was taken to the hospital for more tests after the game, including X-Rays and an MRI.  He spoke to reporters yesterday, and said that he was still waiting for the results and for doctors to determine the extent of the damage.  He received more tests Monday morning, and saw a specialist in the afternoon.  His neck felt the same as it did after the game, and several reporters noted he was stiff and not comfortable.

This morning NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported that the test results showed no long-term damage to McCoy's neck, but the team was going to evaluate him before making a decision on who will start vs the Giants.  Yesterday, Jay Gruden said that he would also be looking at the film from Sunday's shutout loss to help him make the decision.  Gruden said that Robert Griffin III would get the start if McCoy couldn't play, but when pressed later, said that Kirk Cousins could still get an opportunity at some point this year.

Mike Jones from the Washington Post confirmed Rapoport's report, and added that there was no structural damage to McCoy's neck.  Do not expect an announcement on the starting QB until later in the week.  Gruden claimed that he doesn't want to be wishy-washy when it comes to QB's and possibly sitting McCoy due to his recent play. Stay tuned.

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 coaching staff isn't expected to have a full idea of whether or not McCoy can or will start until later in the week.
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