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Report: Even after apology, Washington plans on keeping Haskins

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The Washington Football Team intends to keep quarterback Dwayne Haskins on the team despite violating covid protocols for the second time this season, according to multiple reports.

The NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported: "I’m told Washington has no plans to release QB Dwayne Haskins, who was fined for a previous COVID-19 protocol violation. Going to a nightclub without PPE is considered “High-Risk COVID-19 Conduct,” punishable by a maximum fine of one week’s salary or up to four-game suspension."

Haskins apologized on Tuesday for his actions Sunday night after Washington lost to Seattle. On Monday, photos emerged showing Haskins unmasked at what looked like a party with a group of women.

Washington is in a tough spot to potentially lose Haskins as the team has a chance to clinch the NFC East division title this Sunday with a win over the Panthers. Starting quarterback Alex Smith has missed most of the last two games with a calf injury, and behind Haskins are two practice squad QBs in Taylor Heinicke and Steven Montez. 

It's unclear what will happen next to Haskins.

This is his second covid violation this year. After a Week 6 loss in New York, Haskins was fined for booking a hotel room for a family member at the team hotel. 

The NFL has taken stringent measures to prevent the spread of covid and keep games on track. It's possible the league intervenes in punishment if the team does not.