The Washington Redskins have lost two quarterbacks to broken legs in three weeks, but adding Colin Kaepernick still isn't in the team's plans.
“There’s not a lot of time to get a brand new quarterback and a system installed and taught in a couple of days,” coach Jay Gruden said Tuesday in a conference call, according to multiple local reporters. “He has been talked about and discussed for sure, but we will probably go in a different direction.”
Starter Alex Smith suffered a broken fibula and tibia in a Week 11 loss against the Texans, which left backup Colt McCoy to take over the offense. Then, in Monday night’s 28-13 loss to the Eagles, McCoy suffered a broken fibula.
Gruden also said that McCoy underwent successful surgery for his injury, but that the team is optimistic that he could possibly return to play if Washington remains in the playoff hunt. The team won’t place McCoy on injured reserve, as a result.
That leaves third-string quarterback Mark Sanchez – who, coincidentally just like Kaepernick, had last played in a regular season game in Week 17 of the 2016 season – to lead Washington’s offense in the short term.
Sanchez struggled to get much going on offense Monday night, completing just 13 of 21 passes for 100 yards with one interception.
Kaepernick remains unsigned as he continues to pursue an ongoing collusion case against the NFL, alleging that team owners throughout the league have purposefully denied him employment due to his outspoken and public stance on issues of social inequality.
“It’s about evaluating the skill set,” Gruden said later in the conference call when pressed on Kaepernick. “If it was Week 1, there would be a better possibility.”
Kaepernick, however, once spelled Smith when both were players for the 49ers.
In 2012, when Smith suffered a concussion in San Francisco, it was Kaepernick who eventually grabbed the starting spot under then-coach Jim Harbaugh and led the 49ers to a trip to the Super Bowl.
Washington hosts the Giants in Week 14 before finishing its season with games against the Jaguars, Titans, and Eagles.
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