With Dwayne Haskins potentially facing repercussions for partying maskless with strippers following Sunday’s 23-15 loss to the Seahawks, the Washington football team could be in dire straits at quarterback.
The team said it made the NFL aware of the Instagram story that circulated of the 23-year-old Haskins at a strip club Sunday and that they plan to handle the situation internally.
Considering Haskins is now a two-time offender, after he violated league COVID-19 protocol when he made reservations for a family member to stay at the team hotel the night before a road game against the Giants, there’s a chance he won’t be available for Sunday’s game against the Panthers.
NFL Network reported that Haskins’ actions are considered “High-Risk COVID-19 Contact” and is punishable with up to a four-game suspension by the team.
Giants quarterback Daniel Jones and injured running back Saquon Barkley were caught maskless in an Instagram story in October at a private party. The duo avoided punishment.
Haskins’ violations couldn’t come at a worse time for Washington, which is still waiting for clarity on quarterback Alex Smith’s health. NFL Network reported Tuesday that Washington is viewing Smith (calf) as day-to-day, though Washington is optimistic that Smith can return against Carolina after missing one game with a strained right calf muscle. Smith is playing in his first season since recovering from a life-threatening leg injury.
He suffered the calf injury during a Dec. 13 win over the 49ers, which kept him out of Washington’s loss to Seattle.
After Smith and Haskins, Taylor Heinicke and Steven Montez are next in line on Washington’s quarterback depth chart. Heinicke is in his fifth season and was a member of the Panthers last season. He appeared in six games, completing 35-of-57 passes for 320 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Montez is an undrafted rookie out of Colorado.
Washington, at 6-8, has a one-game lead over the Giants and Cowboys in the NFC East. Washington would clinch the division with a win and Giants loss.
Haskins, Washington’s 15th-overall pick in 2019, was named the starting quarterback out of training camp ahead of Smith and Kyle Allen. He was then benched after four games because Washington reportedly wanted to see better preparation from him, among other things.
Haskins was in a third-string role for four weeks but was promoted after Allen suffered a leg injury on Nov. 9 and was placed on injured reserve.