Ron Rivera disputes report about possible Dwayne Haskins late-season starts

Peter Hailey
·2 min read

Rivera disputes report about possible Haskins late-season starts originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

In his Wednesday presser, Ron Rivera disputed a report that stated Dwayne Haskins could be in line to start games for Washington later this season if or when the team is eliminated from playoff contention. 

"It was reported that I said that just before kickoff and I didn't talk to anybody just before kickoff," Rivera said to the media. "I'm not going to address that."

This storyline began when Dan Hellie — who was the play-by-play man for the Burgundy and Gold's matchup with the Lions — told 106.7 The Fan on Tuesday that he and Rivera had a discussion ahead of the Week 10 contest where Hellie inquired about Haskins' future. 

Per Hellie, Rivera answered "yes" in that discussion when the commentator asked if the young quarterback could return to the lineup if the NFC East's stretch run doesn't feature Washington.

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“I think that you are going to see Dwayne at some point again on the field regardless of how well Alex Smith plays,” Hellie said on the Grant & Danny show.

Rivera has reiterated in recent pressers that he hasn't given up on Haskins yet. Washington could've shipped the former first-rounder away at the trade deadline if they wanted to, but instead, he remained with the franchise. He's now the backup to Smith, after originally being demoted to third string.

Smith set new career highs in completions, attempts and yards in the team's loss to Detroit, which was a far different type of day than fans saw from the veteran during his 2018 campaign. Because of that excellent afternoon, the clamoring for Haskins has died down, at least for now.

Should Smith have issues, though, or should Washington be fully erased from the playoff picture, some will argue that Haskins should play out the remainder of the schedule. But as he showed on Wednesday, Rivera has no interest in currently entertaining those sort of talks.