It was like that most of the week. Alex Smith will miss another game as he handles a calf strain in his surgically repaired leg. There was optimism earlier in the week that he could return after a week of free time, but that disappeared as the week went on. He exercised on Friday, but the video of the exercise did not make it look like he was healthy again. He reportedly still felt hurt, but Washington called him doubtful and wanted to see how he felt on game day.
The decision was apparently made and Smith will be inactive today. That means Dwayne Haskins Jr. get his second live start, and another chance to show this coach what he can do. His start against the Seahawks last week was shaky, with two interceptions keeping the team under pressure. Haskins only started playing decent football later in the game after he ‘went crazy’.
At this point, Dwayne Haskins is expected to start in Washington today, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed.
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What followed at stake led to one of the biggest stories of the week (year?). Photos of Haskins partying with strippers that appeared appeared on social media. This leads to several excuses for the team, fans, coaches and anyone else who wants to listen. Ron Rivera stripped him of his captaincy and the team fined him $ 40,000.
Washington went no further and issued a suspension for Haskins’ 2nd COVID-19 protocol violation of the season. The team can click the playoffs today if the Giants lose and they win. With Alex Smith’s health still, their hands were tied because they need Haskins now, but he has no plans to be long-term, according to a report by Jason La Canfora this morning.
“Haskins asked for a trade earlier in the season, following his benchmark in the first month of the season, sources said, and the WFT was willing to move him, but there was a limited market on his The market is likely to be even more constrained in 2021, with most teams expecting him to be released this season after a very turbulent two seasons in Washington since being selected in the first round by a previous regime .
La Canfora said it is virtually certain that Washington and Haskins will divorce one way or another next year. Even if Haskins wins today and has a better performance than last week, it’s probably too little, too late. Haskins has soured two coaching teams, and although Dan Snyder influenced his choice in the draft last year, Ron Rivera is over it.