Colt McCoy to be Redskins' No. 2 QB vs. Dolphins

The backup quarterback mystery in Washington is solved.

NFL Media's Jeff Darlington reported Saturday that Colt McCoy will be listed as the Redskins' No. 2 quarterback tomorrow behind starter Kirk Cousins, per a team source.

McCoy prepared for the backup job for the past two weeks while the team was game-planning for the Miami Dolphins, per Darlington.

Robert Griffin III was cleared from a concussion on Friday, but coach Jay Gruden declined to name the backup. If active, RGIII will be third in line to play versus the Dolphins. Griffin was running with the scout team defense as a safety earlier this week, according to Darlington.

Darlington added Sunday on NFL Network's GameDay First that Griffin is likely to remain third in the pecking order moving forward.

"After further consideration the team is more likely to keep Griffin as the third quarterback because of the financial repercussions that they would face if Griffin were to enter a game and be injured," Darlington reported. 

The fifth year of RGIII's rookie contract guarantees him $16.1 million in 2016 for injury only, meaning if the quarterback entered a contest late in the 2015 season an suffered a catastrophic injury, the Redskins would be on the hook. Otherwise, the team could cut him next offseason and save the cash and cap space.

If Washington is afraid to play Griffin in 2015, it begs the question: Why not just cut him now end the circus?

Update: Robert Griffin III was inactive for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

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