Dwayne Haskins is getting another shot this week.
The 2019 first-round pick will start for Washington again on Sunday against the Panthers over an ailing Alex Smith, according to multiple reports.
Smith, 36, is dealing with a calf injury and missed all but Friday’s practice this week, in which he was a full participant. He was considered “50-50” to play in Week 16, per NFL Network.
Earlier this week, Haskins was fined $40,000 by Washington and stripped of his captaincy for violating COVID-19 protocols after photos showing a maskless Haskins with strippers at a private party surfaced on social media.
“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,” NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero said of Haskins, who faced previous fines this year for another COVID-19 violation.
Haskins issued an apology on his Twitter account, which he later made private.
“I want to publicly apologize for my actions this past Sunday,” he wrote on his Twitter account, which he made private after his apology. “I spoke with Coach Rivera yesterday and took full accountability for putting the team at risk. It was irresponsible and immature of me and I accept responsibility for my action. I also want to apologize for creating a distraction for my team during our playoff push. I will learn and grow from this and do what’s best for the team moving forward.”
Haskins, who was selected No. 15 overall less than two years ago, was demoted to third-string earlier in the season behind Smith and former undrafted free agent Kyle Allen, who is out for the year. The move came amid rumors of friction between the 23-year-old and head coach Ron Rivera and his staff.
This will be Rivera’s first game against his former squad, who ousted him just over a year ago following nine seasons as the Panthers’ head coach.
Washington will likely be without star receiver Terry McLaurin as he recovers from an ankle injury. McLaurin is listed as doubtful.
The Washington Football Team (6-8) sit in first place in the NFC East, one game ahead of the Cowboys and Giants (both 5-9). They face the 4-10 Panthers on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. ET at FedEx Field.
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