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Brandon Scherff has a torn pec, and his absence will affect the entire Redskins offense

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Brandon Scherff has a torn pec, and his absence will affect the entire Redskins offense

The Redskins' loss to the Falcons on Sunday was terrible.

But on Monday, it somehow got worse.

Brandon Scherff left that game with what was described as a shoulder injury, and, a day later, Ian Rapoport reported that Scherff actually tore his pec. Jay Gruden later confirmed that report and revealed Scherff is done for 2018.

There's no mystery as to how much this will hurt the Redskins offense.

Scherff was turning in another impressive campaign, playing a key role in Adrian Peterson's incredible year and serving up important blocks on a weekly basis. It's not hyperbole to say that the 'Skins have pretty much no hope of replacing his production at right guard.

To make things even more complicated, Shawn Lauvao is done for the year, too, with a leg injury of his own. Oh, and by the way, Trent Williams will be out a few more weeks, and Morgan Moses had to miss some snaps against Atlanta with some ailments too.

When Lauvao heads to the sideline, Washington brings in Tony Bergstrom to fill in for him, or they slide Chase Roullier over and use Bergstrom to head up the middle of the unit. With both guards now injured, it's unclear what Jay Gruden will do, but none of the options are promising.

Perhaps the team will elect to let Casey Dunn, an undrafted rookie, sub in for Scherff. They liked his physicality in training camp, but he's of course totally inexperienced.

Maybe they'll try and put Ty Nsekhe inside, which is how they handled the mid-game shuffling in Week 9. But Nsekhe is the primary backup to Williams, so if they do that, then they'll have to protect Alex Smith's blindside with rookie Geron Christian.

Or they could go out and try to sign a free agent. They have no guards on their practice squad, so this might be the best solution, with absolutely no emphasis being put on "best."

Overall, there's really no overstating how much the Redskins will miss Scherff. The offense was already having its problems with a talented O-line. Now that O-line is starting to crumble.

It's possible the entire offense begins crumbling, too.

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As injury questions mount for Colt McCoy, what's the impact on Dwayne Haskins?

As injury questions mount for Colt McCoy, what's the impact on Dwayne Haskins?

Colt McCoy deserves better. He's one of the hardest working and nicest players in the NFL. He holds innate leadership traits. His coaches appreciate him and his teammates respect him.

Despite all of that, it seems that for the Redskins 2019 season, McCoy's chances at winning the starting quarterback job are over.

"It's not good for Colt obviously but like I said, what's most important for Colt is to get that [leg] to where he can fire off of it, push off of it. It's his right leg, so he's not getting enough fire off of it push off of it and until he feels like he's 100 percent doing that, I'm not going to put him back there," Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said on Sunday. 

The news about McCoy comes after he missed practice on Sunday and missed Washington's second straight preseason game last Thursday. The veteran quarterback still hasn't gotten past the broken tibia suffered last December, and that included multiple surgeries to try and fix the problem. Now, nearly 10 months later, the problem still isn't fixed. 

"Oh man, it might not be the end of camp, it might be two or three weeks into the season. We don't know yet," Gruden said of McCoy's return. "There's no timetable for him until he feels like he's 100 percent to push off that leg. Until that time comes, he's going to be rehabbing."

As tough as the news is for McCoy, it potentially means something very different for rookie Dwayne Haskins. 

With McCoy in the fold, most informed observers thought he would win the starting job Week 1 in Philadelphia. Now that doesn't seem very likely. Does that mean the rookie could get the gig?

Case Keenum would say no. He's also a veteran passer, and he's started both preseason games with McCoy out. Keenum hasn't been great, but he's been fine, and odds are he starts ahead of Haskins. 

That said, the door for Haskins to emerge as the starter is undoubtedly more open than it was before the latest McCoy news. On the most simple level, two weeks ago Haskins had to beat out Keenum and McCoy to get the start. Now it seems like the Ohio State star just needs to beat out Keenum. 

Haskins still seems like a long shot to start Week 1 in Philadelphia, and that seems like a smart, prudent approach for the Redskins. Maximizing Haskins' immense potential is about years, not weeks, and Washington would not be served by rushing the rookie on the field. 

That said, Haskins might get more chances with the starting group this Thursday in Atlanta. Gruden explained that Haskins already got some time with some starters on the offensive line, and that could increase. 

It's also undeniable that Haskins presents the highest upside of the quarterback group. He was the 15tth overall pick for a reason. He has the biggest arm on the team and showed his big-play ability last week against the Bengals. 

On Sunday Colt McCoy said his return would be "sooner rather than later." He also explained that he visited renowned foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson during training camp. His injury is from last December, and it's still not right. McCoy could be back tomorrow, or he could be back in October. Nobody knows, including the player or the coach. 

The uncertainty around McCoy doesn't guarantee Haskins will take the field any sooner this fall. But it does make the scenario easier to see. 

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Redskins QB Colt McCoy’s status still uncertain as he misses practice again

Redskins QB Colt McCoy’s status still uncertain as he misses practice again

Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy again did not participate in practice on Sunday and his status for the start of the regular season remains unclear, according to coach Jay Gruden. 

McCoy, in a quarterback competition with Case Keenum and Dwayne Haskins, has yet to play in a preseason game. He remained confident that his recovery from a broken right leg last Dec. 4 is on track despite setbacks during the offseason and a recurrence of pain during training camp. 

“Sooner rather than later,” McCoy told reporters in the locker room after practice when asked his assessment of a return.  

But that might be wishful thinking. McCoy admitted he went to see renowned foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson while the Redskins were in Richmond for training camp. There is no sign he’s about to return to practice this week before a Thursday preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons. 

“It might not be the end of camp, it might be two or three weeks into the season,” Gruden said. “We don't know yet. Like I said, there's no timetable for him until he feels like he's 100 percent to push off that leg. Until that time comes, he's going to be rehabbing.”  

Gruden admitted surprise that the broken leg hasn’t healed completely almost months after McCoy went down in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles, but cast no blame on the training or medical staff and called it “a fluke-type thing.” 

Gruden said that McCoy did not re-aggravate the injury at all during training camp in Richmond. It’s the same injury he’s been trying to heal from for months. He also wasn’t ready to say if the Redskins would pursue another quarterback. 

That can wait until after the third preseason game and when they have a better idea of McCoy’s status and whether they absolutely need one on the roster. For now, Gruden believes McCoy is on a path to return. It shouldn’t be too long. Maybe. But when, exactly, has left everyone frustrated. 

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