Gruden said he named Robert Griffin III the starting quarterback in February to end the persistent questions, then held the competition he wanted. If that were truly the case, he would have held it last summer.
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Jones missed practice for the second consecutive day on Tuesday, as the Redskins are being careful not to burn out their hard-nosed rookie running back.
With Robert Griffin III's status uncertain, McCoy is set to play all of Thursday's preseason finale against the Jaguars while Kirk Cousins and the starters sit out ahead of the start of the regular season.
Griffin was passed over in favor of Kirk Cousins on Monday, which could mean that his tenure with the Redskins, one that began with so much circumstance three years ago, is just about over.
Cousins, named the Redskins' starting quarterback on Monday, believes he has learned from the mistakes and improved significantly after spend the better part of the last three years in Robert Griffin III's shadow.
The "football people" who have had their say at Redskins Park in the past have failed miserably, leaving little hope that the correct decisions will be made when the team names a starting quarterback.
Cousins stepped in for Robert Griffin III on Saturday and played the first half of a 31-13 preseason victory over the Ravens, which could complicate the coaches' starting quarterback decision as the season nears.
Handing Robert Griffin III a job he didn't earn was a mistake. The worst thing Washington can do now is compound that error by ignoring evidence that's plain to see: He's not ready.
A week filled with questions, from Gruden's handling of Griffin to the quarterback's recovery from a concussion, ended with a peaceful night at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
Gruden said he was just as baffled by the about-face on Griffin's status for the Redskins' preseason game against the Ravens, with doctors reversing their decision to allow him to play a day before.
Cousins started for Robert Griffin III, who hasn't yet recovered from a concussion, and McCoy entered in the second half as the Redskins defeated the Ravens, 31-13, on Saturday night.
Williams, 27, joined the Redskins as the No. 4 overall pick in 2010 and has been selected to play in the Pro Bowl in each of the last three seasons.
An independent neurologist vetoed the Redskins' permission for Griffin to play in a preseason game on Saturday, finding that the quarterback has not completely recovered from a concussion.
The two teams, meeting in a preseason game in Baltimore, couldn't be any different, ranging from their stadiums to their quarterback situations to their success in recent years.
General manager Scot McCloughan said Thursday he intends to have Galette, who signed a one-year deal, was expected to be a starter and is now out for the season with an injury, return to the team next season.
Griffin wouldn't divulge any updates on the injury after he left the Redskins' preseason game against the Lions last week with a concussion, but was cleared to play in the upcoming game Saturday against the Ravens.
Griffin didn't show that he could handle an offense under pressure, deliver the ball quickly or avoid unnecessary shots last week against the Lions, which sets coach Jay Gruden up for a crucial personnel decision.
Galette, signed on the second day of training camp, will miss the entire season after he tore his left Achilles tendon in one of the last plays of practice on Wednesday.
A series of high-profile injuries to players on the Redskins and around the NFL have called into question the value of preseason games, yet coaches who need evaluations and players who need reps find them crucial.
Galette, signed by the Redskins on the second day of training camp, was held out of the first two preseason games as a precautionary measure as he recovered from a torn left pectoral muscle.
Reed strained a hamstring in the Redskins' training camp practice on Aug. 10 and missed both preseason games. He could return to the field in the preseason game against the Ravens on Saturday.
The situation between Griffin and the Redskins took another turn this past week when the quarterback left the preseason game against the Lions with a concussion, and it's not going to get any better.
Bates, an undrafted rookie who played his final season at Louisiana Tech, has three sacks through two preseason games and has gradually worked his way into the rotation at outside linebacker.
Breeland participated extensively in seven-on-seven work and made a cameo in team drills, while Jackson stepped in to join the punt returners during special teams drills but sat the rest of the afternoon.
The tight end, now playing for his fourth team in four seasons, was traded to the Redskins for a fifth-round draft pick on Friday and is the third player at the position to join the team since training camp opened.
Griffin left the Redskins' game against the Lions on Thursday and was later diagnosed with a concussion, but he was allowed to participate in the entirety of the team's "Fan Appreciation Day" practice on Sunday.
Hayward, a special teams captain and backup inside linebacker, tore the ligament in the Redskins' preseason victory over the Lions on Thursday night.
The offensive line looked bad and the quarterback conundrum got an early start to the season, but the running game looked fine in the Redskins' preseason game on Thursday.
Griffin's anointing as the Redskins' starting quarterback means that they've handed the reins to the player who has, so far, looked the worst of the three in two preseason games.
The failure of the offensive line in the Redskins' second preseason game left veterans shaking their heads, rookies delivering flat answers and quarterback Robert Griffin III battered.
From The Vault
There's too much offensive talent for the Redskins to have another inept offense, and the additions of some new players and coaches, plus another year for Jay Gruden, should make things slightly more easy to take.
Redskins officials appear ready to start the move, entertaining discussions for a new home with officials from Maryland, the District and Virginia. Virginia would seem to have the edge. But the presence of a nearby NFL franchise may complicate that scenario.
The quarterback should be focused on evolving as a drop-back passer, not merely on shedding a label that, if correctly applied, could signal his durability issues are behind him.