Washington QB Colt McCoy, who was getting his shot after the injury to Alex Smith, was knocked out of Monday's 28-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
ESPN's Lisa Salters reported early in the third quarter that McCoy suffered a season-ending fibula injury. He was replaced in the game by Mark Sanchez, who just signed on Nov. 19 after Smith went down with a gruesome, season-ending leg injury.
This was only McCoy's second start for Washington since the 2014 season. He had spoken of his own opportunity after so much time, and 6-5 Washington entered the game in better shape, record-wise, than the defending Super Bowl-champion Eagles, who came in at 5-6.
It's a terrible blow for a player who has stuck it out in Washington through some long stretches without seeing the field. McCoy finished his season completing 34-of-54 passes for 372 yards, three TDs and three INTs.
The Eagles moved to 6-6 with a solid performance, even though it came against two quarterbacks who had started a combined four games since the 2014 season. Before Monday, Sanchez last played for the Dallas Cowboys in Week 17 of the 2016 season on this same field vs. the Eagles. He spent last season with the Chicago Bears as their third QB but never got in a regular-season game.
McCoy completed his first four passes of the game for 50 yards before injuring his left lower leg on the final play of the first quarter on a scramble. He was hit by the Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins, and his leg whipped while he was being taken down. After playing two more snaps, McCoy game out of the game and was given X-rays, which revealed the severity of the injury.
Sanchez's first play was a handoff to Adrian Peterson, who ripped off a 90-yard TD run to give Washington a 10-7 lead. But after an ugly series on his next try, Sanchez rebounded to lead a field-goal drive. He completed 6-of-9 passes for 62 yards in a little less than a quarter's worth of work in the first half.
But after that, Washington's offense floundered, netting only 36 yards after halftime. Sanchez was picked on a bad overthrow and finished the game 13-of-21 passing for 100 yards and an 8-yard scramble.
His counterpart, Eagles QB Carson Wentz, had a good night outside of a bad red-zone interception to Washington's Josh Norman. Wentz completed 27-of-39 passes for 306 yards, two TDs and the one pick. Nine of those catches went to TE Zach Ertz, who broke his own franchise record for receptions — up to 93 now. Jason Witten's tight-end record of 110 is now within reach, with four games remaining.
But there's more at stake for the Eagles, pulling within a game of the Dallas Cowboys, who made a big statement Thursday with a win over the New Orleans Saints. The Cowboys and Eagles face off next week with NFC East supremacy hanging in the balance.
This wasn't a vintage performance by the Eagles, but they did what they had to.
For Washington, their season is over for all intents and purposes. Mathematically, the team is in contention. But the reality is that Sanchez struggled and faces an uphill climb the final quarter of the season to get up to speed.
Long term, the team has big decisions to make. Right now, it's not clear if either Smith or McCoy will be ready by the start of offseason workouts, so you'd have to assume adding a QB — through the draft, free agency or some other route — must be pushed to the front burner.