The Washington Football Team still doesn't know which quarterback will line up under center in Tuesday night's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. And kickoff is just a few hours away.
Washington head coach Ron Rivera revealed early on Tuesday morning that his team is already up in Philadelphia for the game, but not every player is present just yet. The organization's top two quarterbacks, Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen, are still back in the nation's capital awaiting COVID-19 tests,
Ron Rivera explained that Washington is in Philly for tonight’s game but QBs Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen are still in DC awaiting Covid tests. If they clear they’ll get up to Philly.
— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) December 21, 2021
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Both signal-callers entered the league's health and safety protocols last week as a part of the outbreak among the Washington Football Team. Nearly two dozen players from the NFC East club ended up on the reserve/COVID-19 list late last week.
The NFL postponed the Washington-Philadelphia game from Sunday to Tuesday, allowing Rivera to get a couple of players back, but Heinicke and Allen have yet to test out of protocols so far.
They'll now await the results of their Tuesday test before jetting up to Lincoln Financial Field if cleared.
If Heinicke and Allen are both unable to return a negative test on Tuesday, Washington will turn to third-stringer Garrett Gilbert. The veteran quarterback was just signed off of the New England Patriots practice squad last week and could be poised to start for the first time in 2021.
Washington badly needs a win in Tuesday night's matchup with the Eagles. At 6-7, Rivera's club sits right in the throes of the NFC playoff picture and in a tie with Philadelphia with four games to play.
Obviously, Washington would prefer one of its top two quarterbacks be on the field come kickoff, but will need to prepare to hand the reins to Gilbert if Heinicke and Allen remain at home.
Tuesday's NFC East game will kickoff at 7 p.m. ET.