Redskins players preparing for Dwayne Haskins to start

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Washington Redskins quarterback Case Keenum suffered a concussion in last Thursday’s loss to his former Minnesota Vikings team.

It’s not yet known whether Keenum will be available for Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills. If he’s unable to go, it will be between Colt McCoy and rookie first-round pick Dwayne Haskins to start.

Apparently, Redskins players are preparing for Haskins to make his first NFL start in Western New York.

Washington’s brass has pushed back against the idea of Haskins starting, indicating behind the scenes that he’s nowhere near ready.

At 1-7 on the season, Washington needs to start finding out what it has in Haskins. Neither Keenum nor McCoy figure into the long-term plans in the nation’s capital.

However, starting Haskins against one of the league’s best defenses on the road might be setting him up to fail. Buffalo heads into Week 9 yielding the fifth-fewest points in the NFL and having held opposing quarterbacks to a 73.7 passer rating on the season.

A one-year starter at Ohio State, Haskins has thrown zero touchdowns compared to four interceptions in just 22 pass attempts as a rookie.