Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy has barely practiced considering that the early days of coaching camp and his sore proper leg could hold him out till early in the season. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Colt McCoy looked forlorn as he packed up to leave the Washington Redskins’ locker space Sunday afternoon. He pulled a backpack more than his shoulder and limped toward the door.

“There are some issues going on that are not just proper,” he stated.

By this time, McCoy was supposed to be in the middle of a 3-man competitors to be Washington’s beginning quarterback. Offered the way he looked early in coaching camp and the reality he knows Coach Jay Gruden’s offense far improved than Case Keenum or Dwayne Haskins — the two players he is fighting for the job — he appeared to have a great possibility of winning the battle.

But the proper leg that was supposed to have healed right after 3 offseason surgeries is hurting once again, forcing McCoy to miss the team’s very first two preseason games. Immediately after Thursday’s second preseason game, Gruden stated “starting is not even in the equation now” when asked about McCoy, adding that the quarterback has to get wholesome. Immediately after McCoy didn’t practice Sunday, Gruden sounded even much more dire, saying McCoy could possibly miss the final two preseason games and possibly much more.

“It might not be the finish of camp. It might be two or 3 weeks into the season,” Gruden stated. “We do not know however. There is no timetable for him till he feels 100 % and can push off that leg. Till that time comes he’s going to be rehabbing.”

Later, he seemed to take back that projection, saying he does not “anticipate him becoming out also lengthy.”

Nevertheless, the reality McCoy’s leg is not proper just about nine months right after he cracked his proper fibula in the team’s Dec. three loss at Philadelphia is regarding. Physicians operated on the leg, hoping to reduce the healing time to two weeks with the believed that McCoy could return for the season’s final game against Philadelphia — a point that became moot when the Redskins had been eliminated from playoff contention. At the time, McCoy felt like he could possibly have been capable to play that final game and he seemed confident he would be wholesome for offseason workouts, prepared to fight for a job opened up by Alex Smith’s potentially profession-ending broken leg.

McCoy had complications in his recovery, even so, and at some point had the 3 surgeries that forced him to miss all of the organized group activities and minicamps. He returned for coaching camp and spoke passionately about attempting to win the beginning part. Significantly less than two weeks into camp, even so, he hobbled out of a practice, rested for a week, practiced the final two days of the Richmond camp and worked only in person drills in the very first exercise Tuesday in Ashburn. He has not practiced considering that.

McCoy stated he has noticed renowned foot specialist Robert Anderson “a couple of times” but does not appear to know specifically what is incorrect with his leg.

“It’s not very proper,” he stated.

McCoy’s absence has turned the quarterback competitors into a two-man battle in between Keenum and Haskins with, Keenum appearing to have the edge primarily based on knowledge and the reality he was worked with the very first-group offense for a great deal of the summer time. Gruden stated he hopes to recognize a starter right after Thursday’s third preseason game in Atlanta.

“They’re acquiring all the reps, which is great. It is not great for Colt, naturally,” Gruden stated. “But what’s most critical for Colt is to get that point to a point exactly where he can fire off it, push off it. It is his proper leg, and so he’s not acquiring adequate push off it, and till he’s 100 % undertaking that, I’m not going to place him out there.”

Gruden has lengthy recommended that McCoy’s rush to come back at the finish of final season led to the quarterback’s regression this winter. Neither he nor McCoy have totally explained the information of what occurred and why McCoy required 3 operations on a cracked fibula.

“This is most likely his greatest possibility [to win the starting quarterback job],” operating back Chris Thompson stated of McCoy, who has spent the previous 5 years in Washington as a backup. “He’s been a completely distinctive quarterback [this summer]. He’s just seeing all the things. His throws have been distinctive. I know for him, he believed this was his possibility.”

A handful of feet away, McCoy gradually left the space Sunday. His foot seemed to hurt even as he walked. He looked at the floor and shook his head. So lots of of his NFL possibilities more than the previous 10 years have been broken by injuries that have come at terrible occasions.

“Sooner or later, I’ll be back out there,” he stated.

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