Ryan Fitzpatrick likely out for remainder of 2021 season


Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is unlikely to see the field again for the Washington Football Team in 2021, according to multiple reports.

Fitzpatrick was injured early in the second quarter of Washington's Week 1 game against the Chargers, suffering a hip subluxation, and was later placed on Injured Reserve. Now, Fitzpatrick is "unlikely to return" from a partially dislocated hip, according to Nicki Jhabvala of The Post. Fitzpatrick had an MRI last week, she adds, and while his hip showed "some progress" in the nine weeks since the injury occurred, it was not enough.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media adds that Fitzpatrick is "still dealing with swelling and pain in the hip and groin area" and that, because of his current status, the quarterback has been focused on treatment rather than rehab. Because of that, Fitzpatrick has yet to begin working out in an effort to get back on the field.

Fitzpatrick is slated to undergo another MRI to check his progress in a few weeks, per Rapoport. "If that shows vast improvement, perhaps Fitzpatrick can begin working out again," Rapoport writes. "But based on where his hip is, the belief is he won't see the field again this year."

That means Washington will continue to rely on Taylor Heinicke at quarterback, including in Sunday's game against the defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with Kyle Allen his only reliable backup option. Washington signed Kyle Shurmur — who went undrafted in 2019 — to its practice squad in mid-September.

Washington is 2-6 on the season entering Sunday and 2-5 in games that Heinicke's started in 2021.

38-year-old Fitzpatrick signed with Washington on a one-year deal in the offseason. That experiment appears to have lasted all of one quarter.