SNIDER: Redskins were foolish to risk Haskins after injury

Rick Snider
December 08, 2019 - 5:35 pm

Admit it – thoughts of Robert Griffin III flashed across your mind while watching Dwayne Haskins limp badly.

Déjà vu was looking scary. Surely it wouldn’t happen again.

The Redskins gambled and won despite losing to the Green Bay Packers 20-15 on Sunday. Haskins didn’t replicate RGIII’s fate when a promising rookie career was essentially lost in the 2012 playoffs. Instead, Haskins finished no worse off and likely gained huge points from his teammates by pushing through the pain.

Still, interim head coach Bill Callahan should have pulled the rookie.

It doesn’t matter if Haskins wanted to keep playing. And it doesn’t matter if the doctors said go ahead. The same thing happened with Griffin. Playing Case Keenum would have been the safer move because losing Haskins to something more serious would devastate this franchise. Griffin’s injury wasn’t so long ago that the lesson is easily forgotten even if this is a different coaching staff.

Haskins is pushing through a mediocre first year to ready for his second season. Losing him to a more serious injury when showing a bad limp on a sprained ankle would be insane. The whole point of the final month is to get Haskins better, not further hurt.

It was an iffy situation, but ultimately Haskins endured. He led a late drive for a touchdown thanks to an incredible left-handed grab by Terry McLaurin. Indeed, Haskins played his best ball in the second half after looking dazed and confused over the first 30 minutes. The final numbers – 16 of 27 for 170 yards and 74.6 rating – were respectable. Haskins left a few plays out there, including a failed two-point conversion, but that’s why he’s playing nowadays rather than holding the clipboard.

Certainly, Haskins will walk gingerly throughout the week. Yet, he’ll probably play against Philadelphia on Sunday. That’s the goal – to keep getting snaps. Haskins needs 1,000 throws if he’s to become a decent passer. He was too green after arriving as the 15th overall pick in the draft, but offers enough promise that over time could be developed into a winning quarterback.

But a team that seems plagued by injuries shouldn’t risk its passer in a meaningless game. The Redskins got away with it this time.

Rick Snider has covered Washington sports since 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @Snide_Remarks

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