NFL Injury Report: Olsen Headed to IR
NFL Injury Report: Olsen Headed to IR

This article is part of our Injury Analysis series.

Colt McCoy

Washington will enter Week 14 down to their third string quarterback. McCoy has been lost for the season after breaking his leg just two weeks after starter Alex Smith went down with a broken leg of his own. McCoy was injured early in the team's loss to the Eagles when his right leg whipped into safety Malcolm Jenkins. He limped off the field before an X-ray revealed the impact fractured McCoy's distal fibula.

McCoy's injury is not as severe as Smith's and comes with a drastically different course of treatment. McCoy's injury is isolated to the fibula, the smaller of the two lower leg bones, while Smith broke both the fibula and the tibia. Smith's injury was also classified as an open fracture, meaning the fragmented bone broke through the skin and soft tissue surrounding the area. Fortunately, McCoy's injury was closed.

McCoy's recovery should occur significantly quicker. To start, it currently does not appear McCoy will require surgery to stabilize the fracture. Even if surgery is ultimately necessary, the bone should mend faster, as the fibula is not considered a weight-bearing bone. McCoy could theoretically be cleared to play in roughly six weeks, though it's unlikely Washington will still be playing at that time. The same can be said for Denver cornerback Chris Harris Jr. who suffered a similar injury in his team's win over Cincinnati.

Mark Sanchez takes over as Washington's starting quarterback, though he isn't a waiver wire priority. Furthermore, his presence is likely

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Jeff Stotts
Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, ATC, PES, CES). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.
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