UPDATE: Ryan Fitzpatrick is set to miss “6-8 weeks,” according to NFL insider Adam Schefter. A realistic return might be in Week 10 following Washington’s Week 9 bye. Fitzpatrick should be back in time for the Football Team’s matchups against the Eagles, though it’s not a guarantee he’ll still be the starting quarterback by then.
ORIGINAL STORY BELOW.
It wasn’t that long ago that Washington Football Team officially named veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starting quarterback, but it only lasted two quarters when the 38-year-old took a big hit to the hip on Sunday against the Chargers. He’s now reportedly headed to the injured reserve list.
Fitzpatrick stayed on the ground after the hit and was out the rest of the game. MRIs done on Monday confirmed that the QB suffered a hip subluxation and, according to Chris Mortensen, could be out “for a good while”. Being placed on IR means Fitzpatrick will miss three weeks minimum, but it sounds like he’ll miss a lot more than that. This may or may not directly affect the Eagles, who don’t play Washington until late-December (first in Week 15 and then again in Week 17).
In the meantime, Philly’s NFC East foe will be helmed by Taylor Heinicke, who is no stranger to the next man up philosophy. The 28-year-old quarterback started in the playoffs for Washington last season, and is now QB1 for the team heading into a Week 2 Thursday Night Football game against the New York Giants. After replacing Fitzpatrick against the Chargers, Heinicke went 11-for-15 attempts for 122 yards and one touchdown. It wasn’t enough to get the Football Team a win, but he didn’t turn the ball over, so it could’ve been worse.