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In a shocking turn of events, Dwayne Haskins is on track to start for the Washington Football Team on Sunday.
How? Well, we don’t really know. Haskins was recently caught at a strip club following Washington’s game last Sunday. The 2019 first-round draft pick may have issued an apology for his lapse in judgment, but contact tracing still exists.
Haskins wasn’t wearing a mask either. Putting the debate on whether masks are effective aside, wearing them is required according to league protocol. Haskins broke that protocol. Could his starting status come from necessity?
According to a tweet on Thursday from Adam Schefter of ESPN, there is growing concern that starter Alex Smith won’t be able to return from his calf injury this week. Haskins has since taken the first-team reps in practice.
Sense out of Washington this week has been that it would be challenging for QB Alex Smith to return from his calf injury this week. And now today, Dwayne Haskins is taking the starter reps at practice, and is tracking to start Sunday vs. Panthers.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 24, 2020
In other words, Haskins will more than likely be Washington’s starter against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. We have come a long way since the Denver Broncos were forced to use a practice squad receiver under center earlier this season.
Haskins was the Football Team’s first-round draft choice (No. 15 overall) in the 2019 NFL Draft. He played in nine games, had several starts, and completed 58.6 percent of his passes for 1,365 yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions.
However, the Ohio State product didn’t take the second-year leap many had hoped. That ultimately got him benched in favor of the now injured Kyle Allen. Unfortunately for Haskins, Smith was the next man up and did well before his calf injury.
Haskins may be fined $40,000 and stripped of his captainship for violating COVID-19 protocols, but that apparently won’t prevent him from starting on Sunday.
That must have been a really clean strip club.
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