Washington Football Team won’t get their veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick back in 2021. According to multiple sources, Fitzpatrick is set to have surgery on his hip that will rule him out for the remainder of the season.
Fitzpatrick came into the season as Washington’s starter but lasted only one quarter of the Week 1 game against the Los Angeles Chargers before hurting his hip. Although the team hoped he could return after several weeks, the 39-year-old never managed to heal properly to make that a reality.
Losing their starting quarterback is usually devastating for the team’s chances in any given season, but Washington managed to cope with Fitzpatrick’s absence quite well. This is mostly thanks to his backup Taylor Heinicke, who played great football after some early struggles and has his team in playoff contention. Washington is currently on a four-game winning streak that lifted them to a 6-6 record.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, on the other hand, will most likely have to look for a new team in 2022. He is on a one-year contract, and the emergence of Heinicke probably means that Washington won’t offer him an extension in March. Thanks to his experience and respectable resume, Fitzpatrick shouldn’t have problems landing a backup job in the NFL. Anything past that, however, is highly doubtful.
Throughout his 17 seasons in NFL, Fitzpatrick played for nine different teams, including Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He has 60.7 percent career completion while throwing for 34,990 yards and 223 touchdowns.