Ryan Fitzpatrick is going on injured reserve with a hip injury, and Washington is turning to Taylor Heinicke to start at quarterback against the New York Giants on Thursday night.
This is Heinicke and Kyle Allen's show for the foreseeable future, and coach Ron Rivera does not plan on bringing in a veteran QB any time soon.
"We like the guys that we have," Rivera said. "We've had them play for us. They've done some good things for us, so we'll see what happens."
Heinicke will be the 10th quarterback to start a regular-season game for Washington since releasing Robert Griffin III in 2016.
Allen will be backing up and Kyle Shurmur serving as the emergency third option. Washington signed the son of former Giants coach and current Broncos offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur to the practice squad Monday.
Heinicke was originally brought in last season as Washington's "quarantine quarterback" after Denver was forced to start a wide receiver because of virus protocols. He quickly went from out of football taking college classes online to making a surprise playoff start in place of injured veteran Alex Smith — and almost pulling off a stunning comeback against Tom Brady and the eventual Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
While the college star at Old Dominion has not started a regular-season NFL game since 2018 for Carolina under Rivera, Heinicke became popular among teammates and fans for his playoff performance.
Rivera hopes Heinicke has matured and understands his job, which is crucial after Washington lost Fitzpatrick a quarter and a half into the season opener Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers. Tests confirmed a right hip subluxation — an injury in which the ball of the hip comes out of the socket.
Going on injured reserve means he will miss at least the next three games.