The Washington Commanders finally had a good result after defeating the Chicago Bears in Week 6 of the 2022 NFL season.
However, it wasn’t an impressive victory because they only scored 12 points.
The victory also comes with a price, as starting quarterback Carson Wentz suffered a finger injury that will sideline him for four to six weeks.
It remains to be seen if they will place Wentz on injured reserve.
But while he recovers from that unfortunate injury, the Commanders will have Taylor Heinicke as starting quarterback once again.
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Commanders head coach Ron Rivera confirmed that Heinicke will start while Wentz recovers.
However, being the team’s starter isn’t new to him because he held that position before the Commanders traded for Wentz.
Heinicke started 15 games for Washington last season, finishing with 3,419 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions.
The former Old Dominion standout also had 313 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Heinicke came into the spotlight after nearly leading Washington to victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their 2020 Wild Card Round game.
He had 26 completions for 306 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in that game.
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If the diagnosis regarding Wentz’s injury is accurate, Heinicke will return to the field as a starter for at least four weeks.
Therefore, he will be their play caller when they face the Green Bay Packers in Week 7.
The Commanders will also face the Indianapolis Colts in Week 8 before their Week 9 showdown against the Minnesota Vikings.
Finally, Heinicke and the Commanders will compete with the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 10.
Winning three or four games in that stretch puts Washington above .500.
But that’s easier said than done, especially with the Vikings and the Eagles enjoying much success.