Washington places Taylor Heinicke on hold/COVID-19 rundown, could be compelled to begin Garrett Gilbert, sources say

The Washington Football Team, with a list previously drained by COVID-19, has added beginning quarterback Taylor Heinicke to the save list for players impacted by the infection.

Heinicke expansion leaves the group without its best two quarterbacks for Sunday down at the Philadelphia Eagles. Heinicke reinforcement, Kyle Allen, was set on the hold list Wednesday, yet there is a possibility he could play Sunday relying upon the aftereffects of additional testing.

Washington marked quarterback Garrett Gilbert off the New England Patriots’ training crew as protection, with sources telling ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Field Yates that Gilbert could be approached to begin Sunday’s down.

A source advised Schefter that Washington is probably not going to name a starter until Sunday.

Gilbert has profound connections to the Washington training staff. He was on the Raiders list for a very long time when Washington protective facilitator Jack Del Rio was the lead trainer and played for mentor Ron Rivera and hostile organizer Scott Turner in Carolina in 2017-18.

Washington plays at Philadelphia on Sunday in a game essential to the two groups’ season finisher possibilities. Washington possesses the seventh and last spot in the NFC with four games remaining.

Recently, Washington marked Jordan Ta’amu, who began in front of Heinicke for the St. Louis Battlehawks of the XFL in 2020. Washington additionally has Kyle Shurmur, who has been on the training crew since Sept. 13.

Washington’s list has been assaulted by the Covid this week, with 21 players on the save/COVID-19 rundown, however practically every one of them have been immunized and different players detailed no manifestations.

Intensifying the circumstance: Wide beneficiary Terry McLaurin and third-down back J.D. McKissic are in the blackout convention and probably won’t play. Wide collector Curtis Samuel has not rehearsed for the current week, and reinforcement wide recipient Cam Sims, who might supplant McLaurin, is on the save/COVID-19 rundown.

At this point, Washington has four of its unique five beginning hostile linemen, running back Antonio Gibson and two of its unique top three tight closures. Protectively, Washington is without six of its best seven linemen and two beginning cautious backs.