Kaepernick not right fit, says Gruden

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick prepares to take the field before an NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi's Stadium. Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – On the day when the Redskins had a second quarterback undergo surgery to repair a broken right leg, Washington coach Jay Gruden said that free agent Colin Kaepernick would not be the right option for the team as it looks for signal-calling reinforcements.

Colt McCoy broke his fibula Monday in the Redskins’ 28-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, and he underwent surgery Tuesday. The team won’t place him on injured reserve, as there is a chance he could return this season.

Regarding the timetable for McCoy’s recovery, Gruden said, “Two to three weeks would be wishful thinking – four weeks possibly, but we’ll see how it goes. (If) we’re still alive in this thing, I’d like to keep him up if he can get back for the last game of the year against Philadelphia, it would be great, or possibly the playoffs.”

Mark Sanchez, signed as a free agent November 19, took over for McCoy in the second quarter Monday, and he will remain the starter during McCoy’s absence. Before Monday, Sanchez hadn’t played in the NFL since 2016.

McCoy was filling in for Alex Smith, who sustained a compound fracture in his right leg on November 18 against the Houston Texans.

As for who will back up Sanchez, it won’t be Kaepernick. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, the first NFL player to take a knee during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racism, remains unemployed.

Gruden said Tuesday of Kaepernick, “Oh, he’s been discussed for sure, and right now at this point, we already had a workout last week for a few guys. We had a couple other guys come in today, and then it’s just going to be a matter of which way we want to go.

“Do we want to go with a guy that’s familiar with my terminology who we worked out last week, or with a new guy to back up Sanchez with a similar skill set, or go with a guy and teach basically a whole new kind of offense with a new offensive line and with a lot of those zone reads and all that stuff.

“Not a lot of time to really get a brand new quarterback and new system installed and taught in a couple of days of practice. He’s been talked about and discussed, but we’ll probably go a different direction.”

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