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Rivera confirms Haskins missed Sunday's game due to illness

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Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera confirmed postgame that Dwayne Haskins did not attend the team's Week 5 loss to the Los Angeles Rams due to an illness.

"This morning he got up, he wasn't feeling very well," Rivera said. "He notified the trainer, the doctor checked in on him and they just felt they would send him home."

WUSA 9's Darren Haynes was first to report Haskins was sick on Sunday morning. Haynes also specified that the quarterback was dealing with a non-COVID-19 related illness. NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay confirmed the news. Download and subscribe to Washington Football Talk Podcast


Had Haskins been healthy enough to attend the game, the 23-year-old QB would have been in street clothes anyway. Earlier in the week, Haskins was relegated to third-string quarterback behind Kyle Allen and Alex Smith.

Following Washington's loss, Rivera confirmed that Allen would remain the starter moving forward -- if healthy -- with Smith serving as the primary backup.


So, while the hope is that Haskins recovers from said illness soon, there doesn't seem to be a scenario where he returns to action anytime soon unless Allen's shoulder injury is much worse than expected.