The Washington Football team has a chance to clinch the NFC East this week but there’s a chance they might be without their top two remaining quarterbacks.
On Tuesday, images of Dwayne Haskins surfaced that showed the quarterback at a strip club without a mask last weekend, in violation of the NFL’s COVID-19 precautions.
Haskins on Tuesday issued the following apology on social media:
“I want to publicly apologize for my actions this past Sunday. I spoke with Coach Rivera yesterday and took full accountability for putting the team at risk. It was irresponsible and immature of me and I accept responsibility for my action.
“I also want to apologize for creating a distraction for my team during our playoff push. I will learn and grow from this and do what’s best for the team moving forward.”
According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Washington does not plan to release Haskins but we’ll see what kind of punishment he faces. This is Haskins’ second COVID-related violation and Washington has taken these precautions very seriously, according to NBC Sports Washington’s JP Finlay.
Would they possibly suspend him?
Because if Washington doesn’t have Haskins this weekend, there’s a good possibility they still won’t have Alex Smith back either. Smith (calf) hasn’t been ruled out for this weekend, according to NFL Network, but there’s a chance he won’t be able to play.
The only other quarterbacks on Washington’s roster are Taylor Heinicke and rookie Steven Montez.
Washington this weekend can clinch the NFC East with a win and a Giants’ loss on Sunday. The Eagles need Washington to lose this weekend to keep their hopes alive in the division.
Initially, it looked like the Eagles would know if they were still alive by the time of their 4:25 p.m. kickoff in Dallas but that’s no longer the case. The Washington-Carolina game has been moved to 4:05 p.m. so both games will be happening at the same time.
That doesn’t help the Eagles but Washington will have a good idea before their game whether or not a win will clinch the division. The Giants play the Ravens at 1 p.m.