October 15, 2020 | 2:00pm
Dwayne Haskins cannot catch a break.
The 2019 first-rounder is “still sick” with a gastrointestinal illness, according to NFL reporter Mike Garafolo.
“Washington Football Team QB Dwayne Haskins won’t be at practice again today,” Garafolo wrote on Twitter on Thursday morning. “Still sick. He went to the facility, took his COVID test and headed back home.”
Haskins hasn’t practiced since last week when it was first reported he had been throwing up, which isn’t believed to be COVID-19 related.
His illness comes on the heels of his benching and demotion to third-string in favor of former undrafted free agent Kyle Allen, who threw 16 interceptions through 13 games last season as a member of the Panthers.
“I saw enough,” Rivera said on NBC Sports’ “Washington Football Talk” podcast on Monday. “For 11 weeks he was our starter.”
Allen started Sunday’s matchup against the Rams, but exited early with a left shoulder injury. He finished 9-for-13 for 74 yards and was relieved by Alex Smith, who made his first NFL appearance since 2018.
“This is an opportunity for [Haskins] to learn and grow and develop,” Rivera said of the personnel move, via ESPN. “I have not quit on the kid as far as his development.”
The relegation led many to suspect there was drama brewing between Haskins and the Washington coaching staff. Haskins could be on his way out of Washington before the Nov. 3 NFL trade deadline. Head coach Ron Rivera refused to address any of the trade rumors but left the door wide open.
“I’m not going to talk about football business,” he said. “We’ll cross the bridges as we get to them.”
Rivera was ousted from the Panthers midseason last year. He briefly overlapped with Allen, whom the Washington Football Team acquired for a 2020 fifth-round pick.
Allen has already been named Washington’s Week 6 starter, granted that he is healthy come Sunday at MetLife Stadium against the Giants. The teams have a combined 1-9 record through five games in the league’s softest division, led by the 2-3 Cowboys, and remains wide open.