Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins has been removed as a captain of the team following his actions that included him partying mask-less over the weekend, head coach Ron Rivera said on Wednesday.
“Although we are extremely disappointed in the decision Dwayne made, I was glad that he had told the truth and was upfront about the entire situation. He gave a very genuine apology and we had a very straightforward discussion. During that time I informed Dwayne that he will no longer be a team captain," Rivera said. "He also addressed the team today and took accountability for his actions and apologized to everyone in person."
Rivera noted that the rest of the internal punishment for Haskins will be kept "in-house."
Haskins' actions were a direct violation of COVID-19 protocols, and after the team noted it was aware of the photos that had surfaced, the quarterback apologized on Twitter.
The 2019 first-round pick for Washington was elected a team captain by his fellow players prior to the season, an encouraging sign for the second-year passer. However, that honor no longer belongs to him.
This was the second time this season Haskins violated team protocols, as he was punished earlier in the campaign for allowing a friend into the team hotel prior to the game against the New York Giants.
The quarterback began the season as Washington's starter, but was benched after Week 4 in place of Kyle Allen. An injury to Alex Smith allowed Haskins to return to the role for Week 15. Haskins was seen at practice on Wednesday working with the team.
Following the news, it was reported that Washington has no plans at this time to release him at this time.