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Redskins QB quandary creates multiple game plans for Giants

Colt McCoy of the Washington Redskins looks on

Colt McCoy of the Washington Redskins looks on during the first half of an NFL game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014. Credit: Getty Images / Joe Robbins

It'll be Colt McCoy. Unless it's not.

That's what Washington head coach Jay Gruden said on Thursday. If McCoy is medically cleared by doctors during an examination on Friday, he will start at quarterback against the Giants on Sunday. He's been limited in the last two practices with a neck injury and tests earlier in the week showed no structural damage to the area.

If McCoy is not cleared, Robert Griffin III will be the starter.

On Wednesday, Kirk Cousins was also in the mix as a possibility. By Thursday it was down to McCoy and Griffin. In all likelihood, it will be McCoy.

"Just a precautionary thing to make sure there's no risk of any injury, but it's pretty positive right now," Gruden said of McCoy's status.

That leaves Griffin, the one-time face of the franchise and NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2012, planted on the bench.

"We've had looks at all three quarterbacks and based on what we've seen at practice for the whole training camp, and offseason, and game situations, we feel like Colt is in the lead," Gruden said. "So, if he's healthy and he gets a full clean bill of health, he'll be our starter Sunday."

Meanwhile, the Giants wait for definitive word to see who they should be focusing on in their defensive gameplan.

"It's pretty difficult," defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said. "You have to have two game plans, so to speak. You have to divide your practice time in two different types of styles of quarterbacks. Even though they may run the same plays, they run them in a different manner within a different speed. That is a juggling act that we are continuing throughout the week."

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