Colt McCoy in line to start at quarterback for Redskins vs. Cowboys

Colt McCoy
Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy last made an NFL start in December of 2011 for the Cleveland Browns.
(Mark E. Tenally / Associated Press)

Colt McCoy remains on pace to start at quarterback for the Washington Redskins on Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys, although Coach Jay Gruden said he won’t make a decision on Robert Griffin III until shortly before kickoff.

Gruden tried to be a bit strategic Thursday, declining to rule out whether Griffin will face a Cowboys team, that in theory, will have to prepare for two very different quarterbacks.

But the coach continued to give every indication that McCoy will make a first NFL start since 2011. He said Griffin still needs to show that he’s fully recovered from a dislocated ankle suffered in the second week of the season. Griffin was listed as limited in practice.

McCoy’s last NFL start came on Dec. 8, 2011, with the Cleveland Browns. He made his Redskins debut on Sunday when he led a come-from-behind, 19-17 win over the Tennessee Titans after Kirk Cousins was benched at halftime. He completed 11 of 12 passes for 128 yards and one touchdown in the victory.


Titans going with Mettenberger

The Tennessee Titans have kicked their youth movement into high gear with rookie Zach Mettenberger starting at quarterback against the Houston Texans on Sunday.

Jake Locker has missed three of the last four games with injuries, and Coach Ken Whisenhunt said that the decision to go with Mettenberger was made Tuesday. The coach said this was an opportunity to see what the sixth-round draft pick out of Louisiana State can do with the Titans struggling at 2-5.

Charlie Whitehurst, who started three of the last four games with the Titans losing two of those, was dropped to third on the depth chart.


Raiders could lose Woodley

Oakland Raiders defensive end LaMarr Woodley has a serious biceps injury and could miss the remainder of the season.

Woodley has not practiced since getting injured Sunday in a 24-13 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Interim Coach Tony Sparano wouldn’t discuss the specific nature of Woodley’s situation but acknowledged it is a long-term injury.

“I’m not going to sit here and tell you it’s not,” Sparano said. “We’ll make that announcement here whenever we’re ready to make it. We don’t have to do that but for me to sit here and tell you it’s not [serious], no, I can’t do that.”


Top overall pick Jadeveon Clowney is expected to play for the Texans this weekend against the Titans. The outside linebacker returned to practice last week for the first time since having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Sept. 8. ... Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is doubtful for the game Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons in London because of a right ankle injury. Johnson has missed the last two games. ... T.J. McDonald played every snap last week before showing up on the St. Louis Rams’ injury report with a concussion and missing practice Wednesday. The safety was back in a limited capacity Thursday after being allowed to work out by the Rams’ medical staff. McDonald said he expects to play Sunday at Kansas City. ... The Jacksonville Jaguars could be without cornerbacks Alan Ball (biceps injury) and Dwayne Gratz (hip flexor tightness) Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. ... Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan passed concussion testing and is expected to play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.