A few weeks back when Jay Gruden explained that his Redskins decided not to place quarterback Colt McCoy on the injured reserve list despite a broken leg, most greeted the news with a scoff.
Surely, McCoy would not actually return to play again in 2018 after suffering the broken fibula in early December. It's a broken leg, and only four games remained on the schedule.
Well, think again. Asked the odds of McCoy's return for Week 17 on a scale of 1-10, Gruden didn't hesitate.
"I’d say 10 for Colt," the coach said. "That’s just my opinion. I just think Colt’s a crazy dude."
While Josh Johnson played reasonably well in a Week 14 win in Jacksonville, McCoy knows the Redskins offensive system inside and out. If he can get back on the field, it could be a big boost for Washington.
That doesn't mean Gruden will push it though.
"It wouldn’t surprise me either way. It’s a tough injury to come back from and if he can’t make it back we won’t force him back," Gruden said via the Redskins Talk podcast. "It’s all up to the doctors. It’s not up to me. It’s up to the doctors. Even if Colt says, ‘hey, i can go, I can go,’ it’ will be up to the doctors."
In limited action over three games, McCoy is completing 63 percent of his passes for 373 yards with three TDs and three interceptions.
Might the playoffs be a part of McCoy's quest to return? Sure, but Gruden made clear that won't skew his decision to bring him back.
"If it’s safe for him to play, then of course he will play," Gruden said. "If there’s any kind of risk whatsoever there’s not a chance I will let him play."
The Redskins face the Titans on Saturday night in Nashville. Sitting at 7-7, Gruden's team is competing for the final NFC Wild Card spot, as well as holding an outside chance to get back in the NFC East contest.
To make the playoffs, the overwhelming odds suggest the 'Skins need to win their remaining two games, in Tennessee and home for a Week 17 matchup against the Eagles.
If Johnson pulls off another win this weekend, on the road, it's possible Gruden might want to ride the hot hand. For now, however, the coach isn't worried about that possible scenario. The team is just focused on the Titans.
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