Robert Griffin III won’t have to look over his shoulder at Colt McCoy when he takes the field for Week 16.
He won’t have to do it in Week 17 either. Redskins coach Jay Gruden announced Tuesday that the neck injury that knocked McCoy out of last Sunday’s loss to the Giants won’t heal in time for him to play in the final two games of the season and that he’ll be placed on injured reserve as a result.
Gruden added that he doesn’t think the team will bring in another quarterback, leaving Kirk Cousins to serve as the No. 2 behind Griffin. That’s the way the depth chart looked when the season started, although there’s a much different feeling about both quarterbacks at this point as neither man’s performances in the starting lineup have lived up to the hopes of their supporters this season.
McCoy will be a free agent when the year comes to an end and could have a future in Washington, although there’s much to be determined about the future of the team’s offense come the offseason.
Linebacker Jackson Jeffcoat was promoted from the practice squad to take McCoy’s place on the 53-man roster.