Ryan Fitzpatrick leaves Washington Football Team opener with hip injury, ruled out for rest of game
The reigning NFC East champion from last season, the Washington Football Team looked to find stability at quarterback this offseason by signing veteran free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick.
But Fitzpatrick's presence under center did not last long.
The 17-year NFL veteran, playing on his ninth team, exited in the second quarter of Sunday's 20-16 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers when pass-rusher Uchenna Nwosu had a clean hit on on Fitzpatrick in the pocket.
Washington said that Fitzpatrick had suffered a hip injury, and the quarterback was later ruled out for the remainder of the game after initially being declared questionable to return.
Fitzpatrick walked to the locker room under his own power and gave the applauding fans a thumbs-up. He completed three of six pass attempts for 13 yards before leaving the game.
Taylor Heinicke, who started Washington's playoff game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year, relieved Fitzpatrick. Heinicke completed 11 of 15 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown.
Fitzpatrick had spent the last two seasons with the Miami Dolphins, beginning both seasons as the starter before the team turned to rookie Tua Tagovailoa at nearly the midpoint of the 2020 campaign.