Colt McCoy suffered a leg injury that ended his 2018 season prematurely. He recently had another surgery on that same injury.
The Washington Redskins had a banged-up quarterback room last year. And that is going to carry over into 2019.
With Alex Smith already out for the season, the Redskins were down to Colt McCoy as the only healthy quarterback on their roster ahead of the season before trading for Case Keenum. However, it appears that McCoy wasn’t as healthy as many thought.
According to The Athletic’s Tarik El-Bashir, McCoy was recently spotted on crutches and did have another recent surgery. He is expected to be ready for the start of the offseason program.
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The fact that the injury was more “preventative maintenance” than anything else is encouraging. But still, the larger issue is that McCoy has had trouble staying healthy.
In the short term, this development makes acquiring Keenum even more critical. Though McCoy should be recovered by the start of the offseason program, it’s good to have veteran depth at the position considering that McCoy has had trouble staying healthy during his career. With Keenum in the fold, the team won’t have to rush McCoy back either, so that’s a positive.
Also, this development would further explain why the Redskins are so interested in the 2019 quarterback class. All of their quarterbacks are over 30, and only one of them is healthy at the moment. They need to add some durable youth to the fold. They likely will do that in the draft though it’s still unclear if they’ll use a first-round pick or focus on a mid-round option.
Hopefully, McCoy will be able to recover quickly and challenge Keenum and the rookie for the starting job. For the moment, his injury status is just something to monitor going forward.