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Colt McCoy returns to Redskins following 3rd surgery on broken leg, should be ready for training camp

3 way QB race?

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Colt McCoy breaking his leg weeks after Alex Smith broke his leg was an interesting study in how you view the Redskins. Either it was an incredible coincidence, a prime example of a team that is snake bitten, or the disastrous result of a number of bad personnel decisions.

The Redskins were leading the NFC East with a 6-4 record after Smith's injury. McCoy started two games, but was injured after only 4 pass attempts vs the Eagles. The Redskins sat at 6-6, and despite pulling Mark Sanchez off the couch to disastrous results, they thought they still had a chance at the playoffs. This led to Colt McCoy not being placed on injured reserve until the end of the season, and a rush back to the field that potentially made the injury worse.

McCoy had multiple surgeries on his broken fibula, and his status for OTAs was put in serious doubt when he was seen on crutches again. Adam Schefter reports that McCoy has now returned to the Redskins, and should be able to fully participate by training camp.

The Redskins QB room has changed drastically since McCoy's injury. Washington made a great trade to pick up veteran journeyman Case Keenum on a cheap deal. Then they let the draft come to them, and were able to land a consensus top 2 QB at #15 with Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins. The main advantage McCoy has in this room is his experience in Jay Gruden's system.

That won't be enough if the Redskins feel that Haskins offers them their best chance to win, and win now. The team could also opt to go with the veteran Keenum to start the season until DH7 is ready.

McCoy seems like the odd man out in this situation, but Gruden likes him, and you can't count him out until he is released. The Redskins have no real incentive to do anything until training camp, and Haskins could benefit from more experience in the QB room, but McCoy's outlook looks dimmer this year, than any of his previous seasons.