Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Notes

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Notes

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Redskins expecting McCoy to start Sunday

Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden expects quarterback Colt McCoy to be sufficiently recovered from a neck injury in time to start Sunday against the New York Giants, adding that McCoy is "in the lead" above Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins despite coming off a subpar performance. McCoy was listed as limited in practice Thursday and will need to receive a final medical clearance today, but Gruden believes McCoy will get the go-ahead from the doctor.

"It's pretty positive right now. ... He looked fine today," Gruden said.

McCoy sprained his neck when he was sacked in the fourth quarter of a 24-0 loss to the Rams and could barely swivel his neck when speaking to reporters early this week, but he went through all of his throws with a normal motion during the portion of practice open to reporters Thursday. Gruden said McCoy took most of the snaps with the starting offense.

Griffin will start if McCoy can't. Gruden had hinted earlier in the week that he might go with Griffin anyway in light of the offense's poor output against the Rams, but the decision is yet another sign that Griffin's days in Washington could be drawing to a close. Asked if the decision is based on which quarterback he needs to see in more game action to make a fuller evaluation, Gruden said he's seen plenty from the trio.

"We've had looks at all three quarterbacks," Gruden said. "And based on what we've seen out at practice for the whole training camp and offseason, and the game situations, right now we feel like Colt is in the lead."

Griffin and Cousins have each started five games this season; McCoy has started three.

Newton glad to be alive * Cam Newton is not worried about when he'll return to the football field he said he's just happy to be alive. The Panthers quarterback returned to the team's facility Thursday, two days after a two-car accident left him with two fractures in his lower back. He did not practice and his playing status will be reevaluated next week.

"As far as when I'm coming back, who cares? I'm just thankful to have breath in my lungs," Newton said.

Newton won't play Sunday against Tampa Bay, as Derek Anderson will start at quarterback. …

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