Washington QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will undergo arthroscopic surgery on hip, ending his season
Ryan Fitzpatrick will undergo surgery on his hip and miss the rest of the Washington Redskins’ season, the team said on Monday.
The quarterback was already under contract for the 2016 season, but the Redskins opted to go with Kirk Cousins at the position this year instead. In a statement released by the team, coach Jay Gruden said he was confident in the veteran’s ability to return to the NFL.
“We’re extremely disappointed for Ryan and we look forward to seeing him back on the field and leading our team next season,” Gruden said. “We have a lot of confidence in Ryan being able to return to the quarterback position as one of the elite players in the league. We wish him the best of luck.”
Fitzpatrick went 6-1 as a starter before having a shoulder injury sidelined him for Washington’s first three games. Washington won three of those games, including two against NFC East opponents. But since then, Fitzpatrick has struggled, losing his last two decisions with the Redskins.
When Washington lost a 27-20 decision to Dallas on 4 November, Gruden demoted him to third string. Fitzpatrick was traded to Buffalo in January and decided to retire instead of playing for the Bills, saying he “wanted to play in Buffalo, but I can’t.”
Ryan Fitzpatrick was released by Buffalo in January. Photograph: Logan Bowles/AP
“I got hurt and couldn’t play, so I started looking elsewhere and what it would take to play and I’m not willing to play, not for them,” Fitzpatrick said at the time. “I have the best agent I’ve ever had, Jimmy Sexton, and we’re working on something and everything but it just really wasn’t a good fit for me. And it took a while for me to figure that out. I could play but I knew it wasn’t going to happen there.”
Fitzpatrick won the Super Bowl with the New York Jets in 2009, throwing for a record 4,038 yards. He has also played for Jacksonville, Tampa Bay and Tennessee. He started all 16 games in each of his first four NFL seasons, and won at least 10 games in seven of those campaigns. But he hasn’t had a winning record in a season since 2012, and didn’t win more than six games in any of the last five seasons.