Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy fractured his right fibula during Washington's 28-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, coach Jay Gruden confirmed postgame.
The injury thrust 32-year-old journeyman Mark Sanchez, who was signed Nov. 19 and last played at the end of 2016, into the lineup. Washington lost starter Alex Smith to a compound fracture in his right leg on Nov. 18 against the Houston Texans.
"This is a tough blow," Gruden said of McCoy's injury. "Losing Alex is one thing, a great leader, great quarterback. Put in a lot of time with him. Colt finally gets his golden opportunity and he gets kicked in the leg and breaks it. Heartbroken for both of those guys, really. ...
"Those two guys are two tough-minded, tough people. Great competitors. If I had my money down, I'd imagine they'll both be back somehow, some way."
McCoy was hurt when his leg collided with Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins while he was sacked to end the first quarter. McCoy finished the drive, throwing two short passes to help Washington to a 44-yard field goal. He then left and was initially ruled questionable to return while going to the locker room for X-rays.
The team officially ruled McCoy out during halftime.
McCoy, 32, completed all four of his passes for 50 yards Monday. In parts of three games this year, he went 34 of 54 for 372 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions.
NFL Network reported two weeks ago that McCoy's contract included playing-time incentives that could let him hit free agency this offseason, but the injury appears to rule out that possibility.
Sanchez went 13 of 21 for 100 yards with an interception Monday.
"It was a tall task, no doubt," Sanchez said of taking over just weeks after joining the team. "But there's no excuses to make. You just do your very best. I'm grateful for the opportunity.
"I was praying for an opportunity and I thank God for an opportunity. You just never want it under these circumstances. So with respect to Alex and Colt, I've got to do my very best to play well and help rally this team and figure out a way to win."
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