Redskins Doctor, Dan Snyder Told Dwayne Haskins Not to Return with Ankle Injury

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistDecember 22, 2019

Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins sits on cart while being taking off the field during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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Washington Redskins rookie Dwayne Haskins was carted to the locker room after suffering an ankle injury in Sunday's game against the New York Giants and did not return.

Haskins was eventually downgraded to doubtful but never returned as Case Keenum remained under center as the Redskins lost to the Giants 41-35 in overtime.

Haskins was in the midst of an impressive game before the injury, going 12-of-15 for 133 yards and two touchdowns.

Haskins later told reporters that Redskins owner Dan Snyder told him not to return after the injury, adding that X-rays were negative, and he will undergo an MRI on Monday. Haskins also noted he lobbied to return after exiting.

After Haskins' comments, a team spokesman clarified that Snyder encouraged Haskins to listen to the medical advice of the team physician, who encouraged him to not return, per Michael Phillips of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Expectations are high for Haskins in Washington after he was selected No. 15 overall in the 2019 NFL draft. He finished third in Heisman Trophy voting last year at Ohio State after throwing for a school-record 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns. 

Despite being a first-round pick, Washington's coaching staff opted to use Keenum as the starter to begin the regular season. Haskins got his first action as an NFL quarterback in Week 4, though it didn't go well. He went just 9-of-17 for 107 yards with three interceptions in a 24-3 loss to the Giants.

Haskins has been the week-to-week starter since Week 9 against the Buffalo Bills. The rookie has been up and down in this stretch with a 57.2 completion percentage, five touchdowns and three interceptions entering Sunday.

Washington's front office took steps to boost depth at quarterback, acquiring Keenum from the Denver Broncos and drafting Haskins. 

Haskins is the team's long-term answer under center, but Keenum and Colt McCoy have enough starting experience to handle things if he is not able to return for Week 17 against the Dallas Cowboys.