The Washington football team signed Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starting quarterback for the 2021 NFL season. Washington had hoped the 39-year-old veteran would help stabilize the room in midfield, which has been erratic in the past. many years.
However, Fitzpatrick’s reign as starter lasted less than half of Washington’s Week 1 game against the Chargers. He took a hard hit from Uchenna Nwosu in an early play and was slow to get up.
Here’s a look at what happened in the play.
Fitzpatrick was able to get up and walk on the pitch with his own strength. He slowly hobbled to the dressing room in Washington.
Fitzpatrick was declared possible back with a hip injury before being later ruled out. He hasn’t played since.
What is Ryan Fitzpatrick’s injury?
Fitzpatrick is facing a hip weight loss. Osteoarthritis of the hip occurs when the femoral head – the “ball” that connects your leg to your hip – does not fully rest in the socket. This is not a complete dislocation, but it can cause limitation of motion and, if left untreated, can turn into a total dislocation. NationwideChildrens.org.
How long is Ryan Fitzpatrick on vacation?
Initially, it was reported that Fitzpatrick will take 6-8 weeks off due to injury. Washington has placed him in IR and hopes that he will be ready for a mid-season return.
However, ahead of Washington’s Week 10 game against the Buccaneers, Ron Rivera announced that there is still no timetable for Fitzpatrick’s return.
Ron Rivera said Ryan Fitzpatrick had an MRI and it showed “some progress” in his recovery from a partial hip dislocation (subluxation). He will continue to rehab and will be reevaluated at some point, but Rivera said he has no timetable.
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The news comes about two months (eight weeks) after Fitzpatrick’s recovery. The fact that the 39-year-old has only made “some progress” while the high estimate of his recovery from injury is not a good sign. Washington has provided no further news on his condition before Week 12 and it looks like he could be out of action for the rest of the season.
Even if he does return, he will likely have trouble finding the player who has replaced him as the team’s starting midfielder.
Who is Washington’s starting midfielder?
Taylor Heinicke has started every game for Washington since Fitzpatrick’s injury. Heinicke is best known for starting Washington’s 31-23 loss to the Buccaneers in the 2021 NFL playoffs. He had a memorable run to cut Washington’s deficit to two in the third quarter.
Heinicke has made nine appearances this season after making just two of the previous five NFL seasons. He hit a 4-5 record and completed 66.2% of his passes for 2,390 yards, 15 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He has not recorded a single revenue in Washington’s two-game winning streak.
Ron Rivera recently compared Heinicke’s leadership to that of Alex Smith. That’s one of the reasons the veteran coach is confident that Washington can make it to the playoffs.
“Alex is an outstanding leader and you see those things start to develop as far as Taylor worries,” Rivera said, according to the Washington Post. “What’s interesting for Taylor after what he did last year, most of the guys were drawn to him because they felt with this guy that we have a chance. I think now you not only see him giving these people hope and believing that we have a chance, but he is leading them. Very similar in style I think Alex did. ”
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Who is Washington’s backup defender?
Kyle Allen is the backup for Taylor Heinicke. Allen is actually the longest-serving member of Washington’s defense department. The team acquired him through a trade from the Panthers during the 2020 season.
Allen, 25, has played 17 games in his career and has a 7-10 record. He completed 63.1% of his 4,198-yard passes, 23 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He starts four games for Washington in 2020 after starting the season as the team’s backup quarterback.
Allen completed 69% of his passes for 610 yards, four touchdowns and one interception in those four starts. An early leg fracture ended his season and he entered this year as the team’s third defender after Fitzpatrick and Heinicke.
Washington Soccer Team QB depth chart
Washington currently has three defenders on their 53-man roster and training squad. Kyle Shurmur, the son of Broncos offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, is on the team’s practice team and has served as the team’s third full-back since Fitzpatrick’s first injury.
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It’s unclear where Fitzpatrick would rank on the depth charts if he returns this year. In all likelihood, he will act as a backup for Heinicke because of the trust Rivera has shown in the younger back four this season.