Washington Football Team places QB Ryan Fitzpatrick on injured reserve with hip injury

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Agendas frequently change in the nation's capital, and the Washington Football Team is already being forced to pivot.

Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, 38, suffered a hip subluxation – that means the ball of his femur at least partially dislocated from the hip socket. He is going on injured reserve, ESPN reporting Fitzpatrick will miss up to eight weeks.

He was injured on a hit from Los Angeles Chargers pass rusher Uchenna Nwosu, who planted Fitzpatrick into the turf with the hip hitting hard. He completed three of his six passes for 13 yards in his WFT debut before exiting. Fitzpatrick signed a one-year deal with the team in March.

Washington Football Team QB Ryan Fitzpatrick leaves the field after injuring his hip Sunday against the Chargers.
Washington Football Team QB Ryan Fitzpatrick leaves the field after injuring his hip Sunday against the Chargers.

Taylor Heinicke, who played so well in Washington's playoff loss to the eventual champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season, relieved Fitzpatrick and connected on 11 of his 15 throws for 122 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's 20-16 loss to the Bolts. He will start going forward with Kyle Allen, who also played for Washington head coach Ron Rivera in Carolina, serving as the backup.

The WFT is also adding Kyle Shurmur, son of Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, to round out the depth chart in a move corresponding to Fitzpatrick's stint on IR. Undrafted out of Vanderbilt in 2019, Kyle Shurmur has spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals but has not played in a regular-season game.

Rivera said Monday the team doesn't currently have plans to add any more quarterbacks to the roster.

Washington, which won the NFC East in 2020, hosts the New York Giants on Thursday night, then travels to Buffalo and Atlanta the following two weeks.

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Rivera is still likely to face further questions about a potential reunion with free agent Cam Newton, who played under Rivera with the Panthers for nine seasons and won league MVP honors in 2015, when Carolina reached Super Bowl 50. He admitted Newton "did pop up on our radar" following his release from the New England Patriots but decided to stay the course with Fitzpatrick.

However, a course correction could soon be in order.


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