Jay Gruden: Robert Griffin III will start if Colt McCoy (neck) can't play

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Gruden: Robert Griffin III will start Sunday if McCoy can't play
Monday December 8th, 2014

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will start next Sunday vs. the New York Giants if Colt McCoy (neck) is unable to play, coach Jay Gruden told reporters on Monday.

Griffin had been benched for McCoy in the two games leading up to Sunday's 24-0 loss to the St. Louis Rams. He returned to the field after McCoy suffered a neck strain with two minutes remaining in the game, and completed three of his four pass attempts for 33 yards.

McCoy went 20-of-32 for 199 yards and two interceptions before exiting the game. Even before his injury, chants of "RGIII" could be heard from the FedEx Field crowd.

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In six games this season, Griffin has completed just under 70 percent of his passes for 902 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions while going 1-4 as a starter.

This season has been a contentious one for the Redskins and Griffin. Reports emerged last week that Gruden is "done" with Griffin and would prefer the team to make a "clean break" from the quarterback after this season. Also last week, however, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported there is a "real chance" Griffin could again become Washington's starting quarterback before the end of this season.

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After playing the Giants, the Redskins (3-10) will host the Philadelphia Eagles (9-4) and Dallas Cowboys (9-4) to end the season.

Mike Fiammetta

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