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Redskins sign QB Mark Sanchez to back up Colt McCoy

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 01: Quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 of the Dallas Cowboys attempts a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the third quarter of a game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 1, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defatted the Cowboys 27-13. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — The Washington Redskins have signed free agent quarterback Mark Sanchez to back up Colt McCoy, according to multiple reports.

The news comes less than 24 hours after Alex Smith broke his right tibia and fibula on a third-quarter sack in Washington’s 23-21 loss to the Houston Texans Sunday.

A seven-year NFL veteran, Sanchez has not played since appearing briefly for the Dallas Cowboys in two games in 2016 and has not started since Week 3 of 2015, with the Philadelphia Eagles. The 32 year-old is 37-35 as a starter and has 86 touchdowns and 86 interceptions in his career.

Washington travels to Dallas to play Thanksgiving Day.


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