SAN FRANCISCO – It’s too bad that in the case of new San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colt McCoy, his injury-prone past and shaky accuracy followed him out west to the Bay Area.
McCoy, who would be acquired in a trade from the Cleveland Browns in the off-season, looked less than adequate in his début for the five-time Super Bowl—and current defending NFC champion—Niners. McCoy completed 4-of-7 passes for 41 yards, including an interception on a badly overthrown pass intended for wide receiver A.J. Jenkins, would be picked off by Denver Broncos safety Mike Adams.
The former Texas Longhorns standout would leave the game with a shoulder injury in the second quarter in the Niners 10-6 loss to the Broncos.
Per Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle, McCoy is scheduled for an MRI on his throwing shoulder and neck.
If McCoy’s shoulder injury—or stinger—comes back negative, then the Niners had better pray that starter Colin Kaepernick is durable to play his first full season as quarterback. After Kaepernick and McCoy, the Niners have questionable depth at quarterback, and while third-year signal-caller Scott Tolzien showed some promise—albeit against third and fourth stringers— in completing 15-of-26 passes for 158 yards, the former Wisconsin standout would also throw one interception and be sacked twice.
Tolzien is no quality backup and McCoy has once again shown to be proven as fragile and not very durable. For all of his many accomplishments at Texas and sporadic NFL career in Cleveland, McCoy is another sad example of star-crossed college talent that failed to translate successfully to the NFL .
Going back to the shoulder injury he suffered in the 2009 BCS Championship Game against Alabama, one can clearly see that since that hit, McCoy has never been the same.
While die-hard McCoy-anistas—yes, I made that word up!—can try to argue about him never getting a fair shot in Cleveland or whatever excuses that wish to make, McCoy has clearly shown that he has a weak arm and coupled with his past head, ankle injuries in Cleveland and recent shoulder injury in San Francisco, is injury-prone.
If he cannot hold off the likes of Tolzien and manage to stay upright for once, McCoy may not get many more shots in the league.
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