Sep 12, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) prepares to pass the ball against the Los Angeles Chargers at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: WFT QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to miss rest of season

Washington Football Team quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is expected to miss the remainder of the season as he continues his recovery from a hip subluxation, multiple media outlets reported.

Taylor Heinicke is pegged to be the team’s starting quarterback for the rest of 2021 season.

Fitzpatrick, 38, was injured against the Los Angeles Chargers in the season opener on Sept. 12 and placed on injured reserve the following day.

Per NFL Network, Fitzpatrick has been focused on receiving treatment for the pain and swelling of the injury and has yet to advance to the rehab stage of the process.

“They looked at it, and there is some progress,” Washington coach Ron Rivera said of Fitzpatrick’s recent MRI. “Unfortunately, it’s not way up, but it’s progress.”

Fitzpatrick has 34,990 passing yards and 223 touchdown passes with 169 interceptions in 166 career games.

A seventh-round draft pick in 2005, Fitzpatrick has played for the then-St. Louis Rams, Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins and Washington.

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Sep 12, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) fumbles the ball after being hit by Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Uchenna Nwosu (42) while passing the ball in the second quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Fitzpatrick (hip) expected to miss multiple weeks

Washington starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is expected to miss an extended period of time with a hip subluxation, NFL Network reported.

The team signed quarterback Kyle Shurmur to the practice squad Monday.

Taylor Heinicke replaced Fitzpatrick in Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Chargers and Kyle Allen is also on the 53-man roster.

Fitzpatrick, 38, is having an MRI on Monday to determine the full extent of the damage. He would miss multiple weeks if the subluxation is confirmed.

Fitzpatrick was injured in the second quarter after a hit by Chargers linebacker Uchenna Nwosu. He was helped off the field and didn’t return. He was 3 of 6 passing for 13 yards.

Heinicke finished 11-for-15 for 122 yards and a touchdown in the losing effort.

“He gave us a spark when we needed it,” Washington head coach Ron Rivera said of Heinicke. ‘”When Taylor stepped in and brought some energy, that was a huge plus. There is something about Taylor; that’s a huge positive. It brings a little something.”

Heinicke is expected to get the start against the New York Giants on Thursday to kick off Week 2.

One of Rivera’s former quarterbacks — Cam Newton — remains unsigned after he was released by the New England Patriots.

Rivera dismissed Newton as an option before the season, but that was before Fitzpatrick’s injury.

Newton won the NFL MVP award with the Panthers in the team’s Super Bowl season (2015) and Rivera served as head coach in Carolina for eight-plus seasons.

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Jan 9, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) passes the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

QB Taylor Heinicke signs extension with Washington

Quarterback Taylor Heinicke, plucked from engineering school at Old Dominion in December when the Washington Football Team needed help, signed a two-year extension with the club Wednesday.

Terms were not released but it’s reportedly an $8.75 million deal, with additional financial incentives attached depending on how many games he starts.

“It’s a good feeling,” Heinicke said, via the team’s website. “Everyone knows I was at home taking math classes … so for this contract to come, it’s a big sigh of relief. I’m really excited. This is the place I wanted to be, so everything came together pretty smoothly, and I’m really excited to be back.”

Heinicke, 27, was signed to the practice squad on Dec. 8 after having been out of the league for more than a year. He entered a Week 16 game against the Carolina Panthers, replacing an ineffective Dwayne Haskins, who soon after was released. Heinicke completed 12 of 19 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown. He added 22 rushing yards on three carries.

With Alex Smith sidelined by a calf injury, Heinicke started the wild card playoff game against Tampa Bay, completing 26 of 44 passes for 306 yards and a touchdown against an interception in the 31-23 loss. The Buccaneers went on to win the Super Bowl.

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Dec 27, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) attempts a pass against the Carolina Panthers during the second half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Washington QB Taylor Heinicke to start vs. Buccaneers

Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke will start Saturday’s NFC wild-card game against the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Washington announced approximately 3 1/2 hours prior to the game that fellow quarterback Alex Smith is inactive versus the fifth-seeded Buccaneers. Smith was listed as questionable with a calf strain that limited his participation in practice sessions throughout the week, leading to Heinicke receiving first-team reps.

Steven Montez will serve as the backup quarterback on Saturday.

Heinicke, 27, relieved an ineffective Dwayne Haskins — who summarily has been released — in Washington’s 20-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Dec. 27. He completed 12 of 19 passes for 137 yards with one touchdown in that game.

Smith returned from a two-game absence because of the injury to lead Washington to a 20-14 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, clinching the NFC East with a 7-9 record.

Smith, 36, sports a 5-1 record since taking over as the starter in Week 10. After missing all of 2019 recovering from a leg injury and a life-threatening infection, he has completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 1,582 yards with six touchdowns and eight picks in eight appearances this season.

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Dec 27, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) attempts a pass against the Carolina Panthers during the second half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Washington QB Taylor Heinicke receives first-team reps

The Washington Football Team may elect to rotate their quarterbacks after all.

Backup Taylor Heinicke received first-team reps in practice on Wednesday, one day after coach Ron Rivera floated the notion of the team rotating its quarterbacks in Saturday’s NFC wild-card game versus the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Heinicke was granted the first-team reps with fellow quarterback Alex Smith limited by a calf strain.

Smith returned from a two-game absence because of the injury to lead Washington to a 20-14 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, clinching the NFC East with a 7-9 record. However, Smith’s mobility appeared limited, leaving Rivera to devise an alternate plan for a matchup with the blitz-happy Buccaneers (11-5).

Smith, 36, sports a 5-1 record since taking over as the starter in Week 10. After missing all of 2019 recovering from a leg injury and a life-threatening infection, he has completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 1,582 yards with six touchdowns and eight picks in eight appearances this season.

Heinicke, 27, relieved an ineffective Dwayne Haskins — who summarily has been released — in Washington’s 20-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Dec. 27. He completed 12 of 19 passes for 137 yards with one touchdown in that game.

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Jan 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith (11) passes the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Washington mulls rotating QBs in wild-card game

Washington Football Team coach Ron Rivera said Tuesday he is considering rotating quarterbacks in Saturday night’s wild-card game against Tampa Bay.

Quarterback Alex Smith returned from a two-game absence because of a strained calf to lead Washington to a victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, clinching the NFC East with a 7-9 record. However, Smith’s mobility appeared limited, leaving Rivera to devise an alternate plan for a matchup with the blitz-happy Buccaneers (11-5).

“We have to definitely look at that,” Rivera said Tuesday. “The truth of the matter is we play a very aggressive defense this week; it’s something we most certainly have to look at.”

Enter Taylor Heinicke, who was signed to Washington’s practice squad on Dec. 8 after a two-year hiatus from the league.

Smith’s calf injury, on the same leg that was seriously injured in 2018, came in a Week 14 victory at San Francisco. Dwayne Haskins started the next two games while Smith recovered, but the team released the former first-round draft pick on Dec. 28.

Heinicke played in Washington’s game against the Carolina Panthers on Dec. 27, subbing for a benched Haskins and throwing for 137 yards and a touchdown in his first NFL action since 2018 when he was with the Rivera-coached Panthers.

Rivera said Smith “had his moments” during the Eagles’ game but noted some instances that the veteran would have benefited from better mobility. Heinicke should be better prepared to help the cause after taking 25 snaps against the Panthers.

“We’ll just know as we go through the game and we get in certain situations or circumstances, we may have to consider something like (multiple quarterbacks),” Rivera said. “I can’t tell you what (the deciding factor) would be. It has to be something that comes up in the moment of the game.”

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Dec 7, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith (11) warms up before playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Washington’s Rivera: QB Smith questionable vs. Eagles

Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith will be listed as questionable for the regular-season finale against the host Philadelphia Eagles, coach Ron Rivera said on Friday.

Rivera, however, noted that it would be premature to say Smith would play on Sunday as he works his way past a right calf injury.

If Smith misses his third straight game, Taylor Heinicke would get the nod and Steven Montez would serve as the backup. Montez, an undrafted rookie from Colorado, was promoted from the practice squad last week.

Smith, 36, is 4-1 since taking over as the starter in Week 10. After missing all of 2019 recovering from a leg injury and a life-threatening infection, he has completed 66.4 percent of his passes for 1,420 yards with four touchdowns and six picks in seven appearances this season.

Heinicke replaced an ineffective Dwayne Haskins in the fourth quarter and completed 12 of 19 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown in a 20-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Haskins was released from the team the following day.

Washington (6-9) can win the NFC East by beating Philadelphia (4-10-1).

Dallas (6-9) would need to defeat the New York Giants and have the Eagles emerge victorious to advance.

If both Washington and Dallas lose, they will be tied with the Giants at 6-10. In that case, the Giants would win the NFC East because of tiebreakers.

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Dec 20, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Injured Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith (M) walks off the field after the Washington Football Team's game against the Seattle Seahawks at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Rivera: Heinicke to start for Washington if Smith can’t

Washington Football Team coach Ron Rivera expressed optimism that quarterback Alex Smith will be under center next week against the Eagles in Philadelphia in a game that will decide the NFC East champion.

However if Smith misses his third straight game with a right calf injury, Rivera said Monday that he’d turn to Taylor Heinicke with the season on the line.

“I thought (Smith) had an exceptional day on Friday, but it’s always about how that person feels the next day and he felt it was still grabbing him a little bit,” Rivera said, via The Washington Post. “This week, I’m optimistic about the opportunity.”

Smith, 36, is 4-1 since taking over as the starter in Week 10. After missing all of 2019 recovering from a leg injury and a life-threatening infection, he has completed 66.4 percent of his passes for 1,420 yards with four touchdowns and six picks in seven appearances this season.

On Sunday, Heinicke replaced an ineffective Dwayne Haskins in the fourth quarter and completed 12 of 19 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown in a 20-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

“I thought there are a lot of positives to (Heinicke’s play),” Rivera said. “I think he showed what I was hoping to see when he got his opportunity, that it wasn’t too big.”

Washington (6-9) can win the NFC East by beating Philadelphia.

Dallas (6-9) would need to defeat the New York Giants and have the Eagles emerge victorious to advance.

If both Washington and Dallas lose, they will be tied with the Giants at 6-10. In that case, the Giants would win the NFC East because of tiebreakers.

–Field Level Media

Jul 25, 2019; Spartanburg, SC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Taylor Heinicke (6) looks to pass during training camp held at Wofford College. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Washington signs QB Heinicke from practice squad

The Washington Football Team signed quarterback Taylor Heinicke from the practice squad on Saturday to back up Dwayne Haskins.

Haskins will start in place of veteran Alex Smith when Washington (6-7) hosts the Seattle Seahawks (9-4) on Sunday.

Smith sustained a calf injury last week in a victory over the San Francisco 49ers and was ruled out. The team’s third quarterback, Kyle Allen, started four games before suffering a season-ending ankle injury.

Heinicke, 27, has appeared in seven games (one start) in the NFL. He spent time with the Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, Houston Texans and Carolina Panthers, as well as the St. Louis BattleHawks of the XFL last year. In the NFL, he has completed 36 of 58 pass attempts for 330 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions.

Washington also announced the release of wide receiver Jeff Badet from the practice squad. The team signed the former XFL receiver in September.

–Field Level Media