Colt McCoy will start for Redskins unless RGIII is '100 percent'

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Life Comes Next Moment: Gruden: Colt McCoy the starter for Washington unless RG3 is 100%
Monday October 20th, 2014

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden hasn't ruled out Robert Griffin III returning to start at quarterback next Monday, but said Griffin has "a long way to go" if he's going to prove he can play, according to Tarik El-Bashir of CSN Washington.  

Gruden said Colt McCoy will get the start unless Griffin is fully healthy. 

"We don't wanna put him out there at 85 percent. He has to be 100 percent," Gruden said. "Robert has to be honest with himself and how he's feeling."

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Griffin has not played since dislocating his ankle during a Week 2 win over Jacksonville. There was no fracture and the quarterback did not require surgery.

Kirk Cousins took over for Griffin against the Jaguars and started the next five games, throwing for 1,710 yards, 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions, including a four-interception game against the New York Giants

Cousins was benched in Washington's game versus the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, and McCoy came in and completed 11-of-12 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown in a 19-17 win. 

McCoy is a former third-round pick out of Texas. He spent last season as a backup for the 49ers, throwing one pass. Prior to that he was in Cleveland.

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Washington is 2-5 on the season, and 0-4 in matchups in which Cousins has played the entire game at quarterback. 

Washington travels to Dallas to play the Cowboys (6-1) on Monday Night Football in Week 8. 

- Molly Geary


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