Washington Will Not Suspend Haskins

Alex Smith remains Washington’s preferred choice to start at quarterback Sunday against the Panthers, but Dwayne Haskins will not face a suspension for breaking COVID-19 protocols.

Ron Rivera said Wednesday the team opted for a fine rather than a suspension. This marks Haskins’ second fine for such a violation this season. The second-year quarterback was seen without a mask at a strip club in photos recently posted to social media.

The team fined Haskins $40K, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport (on Twitter), marking the largest known fine doled out to a player for a COVID protocol violation. This is slightly more than half of Haskins’ weekly salary. Haskins’ infraction earlier this season drew a $4K fine.

There are a lot of things I could’ve done,” Rivera said (via the Washington Post’s Nicki Jhabvala, on Twitter). “But in conversations with the league and looking at things that were done around the league, we felt that we would fine him and move on.”

With Washington still atop the historically woeful NFC East at 6-8, it is not surprising to see the team ensure it will have its primary backup on the field in a critical game. Smith, however, practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday. The team also revoked Haskins’ captaincy, per Rapoport (on Twitter).

Haskins could have been suspended for up to four games because of his violation. No suspension will keep the Ohio State product’s guarantees intact. But his star continues to fall within the organization, which benched the former No. 15 overall pick early in the season and was open to trading him before this year’s deadline.

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