Dwayne Haskins replaces Alex Smith in second half vs. San Francisco


Late in the first half against San Francisco, Dwayne Haskins took the field for the first time since his benching back in October. 

Haskins entered the game after starting QB Alex Smith left with a lower leg injury. Trainers were spotted working on Smith's right leg - his surgically repaired leg - and he went into the locker room before the first half ended.

The 15th overall pick in the 2019 draft, Haskins began the 2020 season as Washington’s starting quarterback before being moved to third-string in Week 5. At that point, Haskins was completing 61 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and three interceptions and averaging about 235 pass yards-per-game. 

It’s unclear what will happen next between Washington and Haskins. 

He has at least two years remaining on his rookie contract, which is a team-friendly deal. If head coach Ron Rivera wants to find his own QB of the future in 2021, it’s possible Haskins could be shipped out.

Rivera has also said he believes Haskins has the skillset to be an NFL passer but he needs to learn what that takes to succeed in preparation. 

For now, at least Haskins is back on the field.   

There's been no update on Smith's injury.