PHILADELPHIA — The Washington Redskins opened the season feeling very good about their quarterback situation having traded for Alex Smith and with Colt McCoy still under contract to back him up.

But Monday night against the Philadelphia Eagles with Smith done for the year because of a broken leg, and with Colt McCoy hobbled just minutes into the second quarter, Washington had to turn to Mark Sanchez. 

ESPN reported at halftime that McCoy suffered a fractured right fibula. His season is over.

Signed just two weeks ago, Sanchez took the field and promptly directed a one-play scoring drive. He handed off to Adrian Peterson, who slipped through the left side of the line and raced 90 yards for a touchdown.

It was Sanchez’s first action since Jan. 1, 2017, when in Week 17 of the 2016 season, he made an appearance for the Dallas Cowboys against the Eagles here at Lincoln Financial Field.

Sanchez was suspended for the first four games of the 2018 season for violating the league’s policy for performance enhancing drugs. He was still a free agent at the time, but finally caught on with Washington, whose assistant coaches Matt Cavanaugh and Bill Callahan were members of the New York Jets’ staff when Sanchez entered the NFL in 2009.

McCoy, who was making his second start in place of Smith, was hurt on Washington’s third possession of the game. The team announced a lower right leg injury, and then downgraded him to out during halftime. He walked gingerly to the locker room with a team doctor with just more than 10 minutes left in the second quarter.

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