ARLINGTON, Texas – If there was any doubt that Colt McCoy will start for Washington against the Cowboys, it's quelled now – the Redskins have officially ruled Robert Griffin III inactive for Monday night's game.
Griffin is the obvious headliner among the two teams' inactive lists, as there was speculation that the 2012 first-round draft pick might be able to return from a dislocated ankle in time to play the Cowboys. The Redskins will instead turn to McCoy, who led Washington to its second win of the season last week in place of the struggling Kirk Cousins.
The Cowboys' inactives are fairly unsurprising. Dustin Vaughan, Jakar Hamilton, Keith Smith, Jack Crawford, Davon Coleman, Doug Free and Donald Hawkins have been ruled out for Dallas.
Smith has been a steady gameday presence for several weeks now while the Cowboys cope with injury issues at linebacker. With Rolando McClain, Justin Durant and Bruce Carter all healthy to play for the first time since Week 4, though, Smith has been relegated to spectator status.
This is Free's second-straight week on the inactive list, after he suffered a fracture in his right foot in the fourth quarter against the Seahawks. Jermey Parnell will once again replace him, while recent signing Tony Hills is active as a reserve option.
Jack Crawford missed practice all week while he continues to work back from a calf strain. Lavar Edwards will work as a reserve defensive end in his place.
Also notable for Washington is that usual right tackle Tyler Polumbus is inactive. Tom Compton will get the start on the Redskins' right side in his place.