WASHINGTON– Redskins quarterback Case Keenum was seen wearing a walking boot at Redskins practice today and did not participate in practice either. Keenum, however, is expected to play on Sunday afternoon against the Giants according to Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post.
Head coach Jay Gruden told reporters that 2019 first round pick Dwayne Haskins is the current backup as Colt McCoy continues to work himself back from a fractured leg that he suffered last season. McCoy is expected to practice for the first time in about a month tomorrow.
Keenum injured his foot in Monday night’s ugly loss to the Bears at home on primetime television. After the game he was taken in for an X-Ray but it came back negative according to according to J.P. Finley of NBC Sports Washington.
Gruden also said that he isn’t sure if Keenum will practice tomorrow and that if he practices tomorrow he should be good to go by Sunday. If Keenum is unable to practice tomorrow then Haskins and McCoy will split first team reps.
After Monday’s loss to the Bears and an 0-3 start to the season many have speculated that Gruden would replace Keenum with either Haskins or McCoy to jumpstart the season. Gruden shot that speculation down on a conference all earlier this week.
During the seasons first two games Keenum had yet to turn the ball over until he was overmatched by the Bears defense on Monday night where he threw three interceptions and fumbled the ball twice.
“We’ve played three games,” Gruden said on a conference call (via the Washington Post). “There’s 13 games left in the season. The season’s not lost. It’s not over. I know everybody wants to say, ‘It’s over,’ and, ‘The season’s over, go ahead and play Haskins.’ But we feel confident we can turn this thing around.”
McCoy is still listed above Haskins on the depth chart but depending on McCoy’s status and availability for Sunday’s game Haskins may remain the backup for at least another week.
“He [Haskins] better be prepared to play,” Gruden told reporters. “That’s the role of the backup.”
Through three games this season Keenum has thrown seven touchdowns and three interceptions, albeit all three came in Monday’s loss. Keenum has also added 933 yards through the air.