Heinicke (shoulder) agreed Wednesday with Washington on a two-year, $8.75 million extension, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Heinicke signed with the team in December and ended up starting in the wild-card round of the playoffs in place of an injured Alex Smith (calf). His solid performance (352 total yards, two touchdowns) in that loss to Tampa Bay seemingly convinced the Washington brass that Heinicke can be a solid backup for the next couple years. He'll turn 28 in April, and it's unlikely his extension prevents the team from seeking upgrades at the top spot on the depth chart. Heinicke suffered an AC joint sprain during the team's playoff game, but he should be ready for the offseason program -- if there is one -- and training camp.
Heinicke suffered an AC joint sprain during Saturday's 31-23 wild-card loss to the Buccaneers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Heinicke impressed in his spot start Saturday, completing 26 of 44 passes for 306 yards, a touchdown and an interception and running for 46 yards and a score. It wasn't enough to pull out the win, however, and Heinicke finished the game banged up. The X-Rays came back negative, so his recovery shouldn't take too long. The Old Dominion product will be an unrestricted free agent in March, and he may have made an argument to at least be allowed to compete for a starting opportunity in a training camp somewhere in the league next summer.
Heinicke (shoulder) completed 26 of 44 passes for 306 yards with one touchdown and one interception in Washington's 31-23 wild-card loss to the Buccaneers on Saturday night. He also rushed six times for 46 yards and another score. Getting game-day call in place of Alex Smith (calf), Heinicke performed admirably against the Buccaneers' aggressive Todd Bowles-coordinated defense. The third-year pro fought through a separated AC joint in his left shoulder during the second half, per Sam Fortier of The Washington Post, and he worked around two sacks and six quarterback hits overall to keep Washington competitive throughout. Heinicke primarily focused on the trio of Cam Sims, Terry McLaurin and Logan Thomas, which accounted for a combined 18-253 line on 29 targets. It was a highly encouraging showing for Heinicke, who's slated to head into unrestricted free agency this offseason but could certainly be brought back to Washington to compete for a starting job.
Heinicke returned from a shoulder injury during Saturday's wild-card game against the Buccaneers, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports. The 27-year-old suffered the injury early in the fourth quarter after taking a couple hits and was labeled questionable to return, but he was able to retake the field after a quick examination in the locker room. Heinicke performed admirably before suffering the injury, completing 16 of 29 passes for 209 yards and one interception while rushing six times for 46 yards and one touchdown.
Heinicke will start Saturday's wild-card game against the Buccaneers, Grant Paulsen of The Athletic reports. With Alex Smith unable to play on his balky right calf, Heinicke will make his second appearance of the campaign. In the first one, Heinicke subbed in for the since jettisoned Dwayne Haskins in Week 16 against the Panthers, completing 12 of 19 passes for 137 yards and one touchdown while turning three carries into 22 yards. Heinicke will have a tougher task on his hands versus a Tampa Bay defense that racked up the fourth-most sacks (48, tied with the Cardinals) this season.
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