Washington football quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick left the team’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers after receiving a monster blow that made him feel his way around football.
Fitzpatrick came back to pass and was looking to let the ball pass to a nearby running back, but was equalized by Chargers passer Uchenna Nwosu. Fitzpatrick left the game and was questionable coming back with a hip injury. Taylor Heinicke replaced the veteran quarterback.
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Washington signed Fitzpatrick in the offseason, opting for the veteran instead of trying his luck with 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 nine games, but was eventually replaced as a starter by Tua Tagovailoa – who is seen as the future of the Dolphins quarterback.
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 Heinicke for the starting position.
“It’s a huge honor to be one of the 32 guys who lead a team into action on Sunday,” he said a few days before the first week kick off. To be a starting quarterback in the NFL is such a privilege and I am so honored and humbled to be able to do so. And so, it is certainly not something that I take lightly. It is not a responsibility that I take lightly, but neither is it something that I take for granted.
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“It’s something I’ve worked really hard for and I know there are a lot of people inside and outside of this building who rely on me to come out and play. a huge honor and it’s something that, especially coming out of the first week, starting the season on the right foot. It’s very important to me. “