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Ryan Fitzpatrick injury confirmed, headed to IR for Washington Football Team

Washington Football Team, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Fitzpatrick injury

The Washington Football Team entered this season with expectations of repeating as NFC East champions in 2021. Those expectations took a hit when it was announced on Monday that starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is headed to injured reserve.

As Ian Rapoport of NFL Network notes, there’s no sign that the injury is season ending despite Fitzpatrick going on IR for now.

Fitzpatrick suffered the injury and left Sunday’s contest early against the Los Angeles Chargers. Justin Herbert and LA rallied late to knock off the Washington Football Team, 20-16.

Taylor Heinicke, who started the playoff game last year for the Washington Football Team, came in after Fitzpatrick’s exit and went 11/15 for for 122 yards and 1 touchdown. He made some really nice plays and kept the WFT in the game right up until the end.

It is yet to be seen if Ron Rivera’s plan is to have Heinicke remain the starter for this extended stretch of games with Fitzpatrick out. One interesting option that could emerge is the possibility of bringing in Cam Newton, who played for Rivera when both were with the Carolina Panthers.

It’s speculation for now but with a roster that’s littered with a ton of talent, especially on defense, it’d be foolish for the Washington Football Team to not explore the best option possible. Throwing away their season after one week isn’t an option.

If Heinicke is deemed the best option, Rivera should roll those dice.

Hopefully this isn’t season-ending for Fitzpatrick and he’s able to bounce back this year.