Redskins sign QB Mark Sanchez to back up Colt McCoy

Sanchez started as a rookie for the New York Jets after he was drafted No. 5 overall in 2009.

McCoy, in his fifth season with Washington, will start in Smith's place, but the Redskins had no other quarterback on the roster or even on the practice squad.

When Alex Smith went down yesterday with one of the more gruesome leg injuries we've seen since Joe Theismann famously broke his leg, FedEx Field went quiet.

Sanchez and Clemens know offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh from their time with the New York Jets.

After Sanchez's stint in NY, he bounced around, serving as the backup for Philadelphia, Dallas, Denver, and Chicago at times. The 32 year-old is 37-35 as a starter and has 86 touchdowns and 86 interceptions in his career. The reason for that is because Sanchez's first game with the Redskins is going to come on the sixth anniversary of the butt-fumble.

Theismann, who led the Redskins to victory in Super Bowl 17 at the end of the 1982 season, sustained a career-ending compound fracture on November 18, 1985, on a sack by Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor. He posted a passer rating of 71.7.

Also, Sanchez hasn't been on an National Football League roster this entire season. He helped the Jets reach the AFC Championship Game twice.

Smith did not suffer any ligament damage and Gruden said he believes Smith is looking at a "six to eight months" timeline.

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