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ASHBURN, Va. – Washington Football Team placed quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on injured reserve, but it is still uncertain whether it will be a short or long stay.
An MRI showed Fitzpatrick had a subluxation in his right hip, but coach Ron Rivera said he would see more doctors to determine how serious the injury is and how long he will be put on the sidelines. He will need to be on IR for at least three weeks.
A source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Fitzpatrick is expected to miss six to eight weeks.
Fitzpatrick was injured on a second-quarter hit in Sunday’s 20-16 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. He was replaced by Taylor Heinicke, who starts Thursday’s match vs. New York Giants. Heinicke completed 11 of 15 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown on Sunday.
In three games with Washington from last season, including a start in a playoff loss to Tampa Bay, Heinicke has completed 62.8% of his passes to 565 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. I have a 50.1 Total QBR in the seven quarters. He last started with a normal season match on December 23, 2018.
Kyle Allen serves as quarterback No. 2. Kyle Shurmur was signed to the coaching staff.
Changing this place is nothing new for Washington. Due to injury or inefficiency, it used four different starting quarterbacks in 2018, three more a year later and then three in Rivera’s first season.
“That’s the nature of the game,” Rivera said. “Unfortunately, it’s happened more than it should have in last season and a match. I hope we get a streak where we keep guys on the field for a long time and take advantage of their abilities.”
After failing in an attempt to trade for Matthew Stafford, Washington signed Fitzpatrick in the offseason because he liked his veteran knowledge and felt he was still improving at the age of 37. It did not want to pledge its future to acquire a quarterback in the draft when it became clear that no one would be available with the 19th pick in the first round.
Washington’s plan has been to be more aggressive in pursuing a quarterback when it feels confident on the roster around that position.
For now, the team must win despite yet another injury to the position. Rivera called the situation “frustrating.”
“We like the guys we have; they’ve done good things for us. We’ll see what happens,” he said. “I’m as confident as I could be.”