Veteran quarterback Carson Wentz is eligible to return to observe and could possibly be activated from injured reserve this week, however Washington Commanders head coach Ron Rivera has but to announce a starter for the crew’s subsequent recreation.
Wentz suffered a broken finger throughout Washington’s 12-7 win over the Chicago Bears in Week 6. The harm was initially anticipated to sideline the quarterback for 4 to 6 weeks.
Rivera talked about on Tuesday that the crew nonetheless wanted to attend and see how Wentz was bodily since he had surgical procedure on his finger.
Taylor Heinicke was named the crew’s beginning quarterback in October after Wentz’s harm. He began within the crew’s wild-card playoff recreation in opposition to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after Alex Smith couldn’t begin on account of harm throughout the 2020-2021 NFL playoffs.
This season, the previous XFL participant has gained three of his 4 begins, together with Monday’s upset victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Heinicke has actually offered a spark the crew wanted after a sluggish begin to the season. The Commanders have been 1-4 after the primary 5 video games, however at the moment are 5-5 and a half-game behind the 49ers for a playoff spot.
Rivera famous that he’s conscious of the crew’s general temper and the way energetic the gamers are, which is able to play into the quarterback choice.
“You must take a look at the momentum,” Rivera mentioned, through the Washington Put up. “You must take a look at what the temper of the crew is, clearly. You take a look at what’s greatest for the crew, and on the finish of the day, that’s the way it must be.”
Heinicke made an important choice within the recreation in opposition to the Eagles to seal the win with just below two minutes to play. He gave himself up and took a knee throughout a drop again and drew a roughing the passer penalty.
The play gave the Commanders a contemporary set of downs. After taking a few knees to empty the clock, Washington then punted to Philadelphia.
After the sport, Heinicke was recorded carrying a number of iced out diamond chains much like what a shirtless Kirk Cousins has accomplished a couple of instances this season following huge wins.
However, one Minnesota Vikings participant didn’t take too kindly to Heinicke’s iced-out celebration. Cornerback Kris Boyd slammed Heinicke on social media and advised the Commanders quarterback to “discover your personal development.”
In different harm information, Washington is anticipated to activate defensive finish Chase Younger from the bodily unable to carry out record earlier than the sport in opposition to the Houston Texans, in accordance with ESPN.
The previous Rookie of the 12 months tore his ACL in Week 14 of final season.
Washington has a troublesome name to make at quarterback and there will not be a lot gentle shed on the state of affairs till Sunday’s recreation.