Washington Football Team quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick left the team’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers after taking a monster hit causing him to fumble the football.
Fitzpatrick dropped back to pass and was looking to dump the football off to a nearby running back but was leveled by Chargers pass-rusher Uchenna Nwosu. Fitzpatrick left the game and was questionable to return with a hip injury. Taylor Heinicke took over for the veteran quarterback.
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Washington signed Fitzpatrick in the offseason opting to go with the veteran instead of taking a chance on a rookie quarterback in the draft.
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The journeyman quarterback spent the 2019 and 2020 seasons with the Miami Dolphins. Last year, he managed to play in nine games but was eventually replaced as a starter for Tua Tagovailoa – who is thought to be the future at quarterback for the Dolphins.
He finished with 2,091 passing yards, 13 touchdowns and a 4-3 record as a starter.
He joined Washington and Ron Rivera and beat out Heinicke for the starting job.
“It’s a huge honor to be one of the 32 guys that is leading a team in the action on Sunday,” he said days before Week 1 kicked off. To be a starting quarterback in the NFL is such a privilege and I’m so honored and humbled to be able to do it. And so, it’s definitely not something I take lightly. It’s not a responsibility I take lightly, but it’s also not something I take for granted.
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“This is something I’ve worked very hard to do and I know there’s a lot of people in and outside of this building that are counting on me to go out there and perform. So, it’s a huge honor and it’s something that, especially Week 1 getting out there, getting the season started the right way. It’s a very big deal for me.”