Rivera says Allen will be Washington's starting QB if healthy


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.