Dwayne Haskins told by Washington to stay home from Sunday’s game because of illness

Haskins started the first four games of the season for Washington but was suspended last week after leading the team to a 1-3 start. Coach Ron Rivera said he wanted to contact a quarterback who was more familiar with the offense and who he believed could best help with the next phase of the game. Of the next four games in Washington, three are against division opponents.

Kyle Allen, a third-year quarterback who played for Rivera and offensive coordinator Scott Turner in Carolina, was named Sunday’s starter, and Alex Smith was named backup as he continued to work his way back in 2018 from a serious leg injury. Haskins fell to the third quarterback on the depth map, rendering him inactive for games.

Rivera said the starting job will be decided week by week which makes Sunday’s game against the Rams crucial for Allen as he tries to keep the lead role. In the coming weeks, with Smith getting more reps in practice, it’s plausible that the team would give him the keys, especially if the offense doesn’t go as efficiently as Rivera and his staff had hoped.