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Washington to start Garrett Gilbert in Week 15 with Taylor Heinicke, Kyle Allen on COVID-19 list

Washington is down to Kyle Shurmur, Garrett Gilbert at quarterback.

Taylor Heinicke #4 of the Washington Football Team reacts against the Dallas Cowboys during the fourth quarter at FedExField on December 12, 2021 in Landover, Maryland. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Tuesday PM update: Heinicke and Allen could not clear the COVID-19 list and Gilbert will start against the Eagles Tuesday evening, per Tom Pelissero.

Tuesday update: Garrett Gilbert is on track to start on Tuesday for Washington against the Eagles. Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen could still test out of the reserve/COVID-19 list, but it seems unlikely.

The Washington Football Team will place quarterback Taylor Heinicke on the COVID-19 list, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. With Kyle Allen already on the COVID-19 list, the team is going to sign Garrett Gilbert, but already has Kyle Sch\umur and Jordan Ta’amu as possibilities.

Washington has had Kyle Shurmur on the practice squad all season, so he should be the one making the start if Kyle Allen can’t get cleared out of the COVID-19 protocols in time. With the new rules put in place on Thursday, a player doesn’t need the 24 hours between positives and can test multiple times during the day. But, he would still need to get the negative test.

Gilbert did have a start last season with the Cowboys, and he completed 21/38 for 243 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception against the Steelers. But, he is very new to the team. The situation remains somewhat fluid, and there is always a small chance the game gets moved if even more players are sent to the COVID-19 list.