Reports: Colt McCoy, not Robert Griffin III, will serve as No. 2 QB v Dolphins; Redskins promoting Bates

According to reports, the Redskins made a decision on their backup QB and are calling up help from the practice squad before facing Miami.

The only certainty regarding the Washington Redskins quarterbacks entering Week 1 is that Kirk Cousins will make his first start as the true starting quarterback of the Washington Redskins. Now, no offense to Cousins, but the real big picture intrigue lies with those listed two and three on the QB depth chart. Among the questions, who would be No. 2 against the Miami Dolphins. The answer is, according to NFL Network's Jeff Darlington, what we assumed and what should happen: Colt McCoy

Robert Griffin III was finally cleared medically Thursday from a concussion suffered Aug. 20. Though he's participated in some drills, RGIII might not be ready for Week 1 action. Even if that's the case, that's not really the story. Would the Redskins risk putting Griffin on the field this week -- or this season -- is the real question. It appears they won't for Week 1. Will he even remain on the roster by Sunday is why everyone interested in all things burgundy and gold remained glued to the various electronic devices.

* With Jackson Jeffcoat (thigh) popping up on the injury report late week, the Redskins will promote outside linebacker Houston Bates from the practice squad, ESPN's Adam Caplan reported Saturday morning.

Bates impressed during training camp with his work on special teams, but Jeffcoat won the fourth OLB spot with at least one sack in all four preseason games.

Jeffcoat and offensive tackle Tom Compton are listed as questionable.

The connection between the two reports? The Redskins must release someone from the 53-man roster if they add Bates. Perhaps one of the 10 offensive lineman gets cut for now. Could be a player from another position. Or, well, you know. RG3 watch on full alert.

UPDATED (5:55 p.m.): The Redskins released DE Frank Kearse to open a spot for Bates. Kearse battled a shoulder injury throughout preseason, but returned for the fourth preseason game.

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