Patriots lose practice squad QB Garrett Gilbert, could start for WFT on Sunday


Garrett Gilbert was almost certainly never going to play for the New England Patriots during the 2021 NFL season. After the events of Friday, the 30-yard veteran might be a starting quarterback in Week 15, but not for the Patriots.

The Washington Football Team signed Gilbert off the Patriots practice squad, the team announced Friday.

Washington's top two quarterbacks on the depth chart, Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen, both are on the COVID-19/reserve list. As a result, Gilbert has a real chance to start Sunday when Washington plays the rival Philadelphia Eagles on the road.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Friday that WFT is "unlikely to name a starter until pregame Sunday, per source."

Gilbert's familiarity with Washington's system made him a good option for the NFC East franchise in their search for a short-term solution at quarterback with COVID-19 depleting the team's depth. 

Washington enters Week 15 as the No. 7 seed in the NFC occupying the third and final wild card playoff spot.

The Patriots still have three quarterbacks in their organization -- starter Mac Jones, backup Brian Hoyer and third-string Jarrett Stidham -- after the departure of Gilbert.