Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera says Kyle Allen will be the team's starting quarterback moving forward, should he be healthy to play.
"If Kyle [Allen] is ready to go, Kyle will be our starter," Rivera said postgame following Washington's 30-10 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.
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Allen, who made his first start for the Burgundy and Gold on Sunday, exited in the second quarter with an arm injury. Veteran Alex Smith replaced Allen, completing a remarkable comeback journey less than two years after suffering a gruesome, near life-threatening leg injury.
Allen was cleared to return to the game in the second half, but Rivera held him out in an "abundance of caution."
"[Allen] took a pretty good shot. He was still sore, but he was cleared to play," Rivera said. "Why risk putting him back out there and taking another big shot that might cause a little bit of damage? I didn't want him to take another shot."
The third-year quarterback finished 9-13 for 74 yards and a rushing touchdown. Smith -- albeit in tough weather conditions -- fared no better, completing 9-of-17 passes for 36 yards while taking a whopping six sacks.