QB Garrett Gilbert starts for Washington vs. Eagles; Taylor Heinicke still in COVID-19 logs – archyde

Garrett Gilbert will face the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday night for the Washington Football Team.

Quarterback Taylor Heinicke and backup Kyle Allen didn’t clear the COVID-19 logs before the game, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero reported, who were briefed on the situation. Both QBs will continue to test positive.

Washington was hoping it could get back several players that were on the reserve / COVID-19 list, which resulted in the game being postponed from Sunday to Tuesday. Defensive tackle Tim Settle has made clear protocol and will return tonight, Garafolo reported.

Washington replaced Gilbert from the New England Patriots training team on Friday when Heinicke put Heinicke on the COVID-19 list. Although Gilbert has been on the team for less than a week, he will get the start via Kyle Shurmur, who was on the Washington training team this season.

Gilbert is familiar with Washington’s scheme after working with coach Ron Rivera and offensive coordinator Scott Turner in Carolina in 2018. Rivera said over the past few days that he was pleased with how much Gilbert remembers the offensive from his Panthers days.

Gilbert, 30, started a game for the Dallas Cowboys last year, completing 55.3% of his passes for 243 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in a loss to Pittsburgh.

With a 6-7 win, Washington would overtake Minnesota for 7th place in the NFC with a win over rival Philadelphia on the road. To do this it takes a number of backups to shine, starting with a third QB who has only been on the team for a few days.


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