Dec 27, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) stands on the sidelines after being benched against the Carolina Panthers in the fourth quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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Washington Football Team releases QB Haskins

The Washington Football Team released former first-round pick Dwayne Haskins, the team announced Monday.

The move comes mere days after he was fined $40,000 and stripped of his captaincy following a trip to a nightclub in which he was spotted without wearing a mask. Under the NFL’s COVID-19 protocol, going to a nightclub without wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) is punishable by a maximum fine of one week’s salary or up to a four-game suspension.

Haskins started on Sunday in place of an injured Alex Smith before being benched in the fourth quarter. He threw two interceptions and lost a fumble in a 20-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

“This afternoon I met with Dwayne and informed him that we would be releasing him,” coach Ron Rivera said in a statement. “I told him that I believe it benefits both parties that we go our separate ways. We want to thank Dwayne for his contributions these last two seasons and wish him well moving forward.”

Haskins, 23, has completed 148 of 241 passes for 1,439 yards with five touchdowns and seven interceptions this season. He also has fumbled six times.

In his two seasons since being selected by Washington out of Ohio State with the 15th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, Haskins has thrown for 2,804 yards with 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

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