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Case Keenum's Injury Gives Redskins Perfect Excuse to Start Dwayne Haskins

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 23: Case Keenum #8 of the Washington Redskins leaves the field after the game against the Chicago Bears at FedExField on September 23, 2019 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
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The Washington Redskins have endured an atrocious start to the 2019 season, with their Monday night loss to Chicago pushing them to 0-3 on the year.

The team has been reluctant to fully commit to a youth movement, even after drafting Dwayne Haskins in the first round, but it seems that a recent injury may just force their hand.

Journeyman and current starting quarterback Case Keenum missed practice on Wednesday with a foot injury, which may just open the door for Haskins to make his NFL debut.

Head coach Jay Gruden gave Keenum a vote of confidence as the team's starter after Monday's embarrassing performance. However, Gruden is now presented with the opportunity to energize his team, and possibly save his job, by starting Haskins.

And what matchup would be better to insert the rookie gunslinger into than a rivalry game against Daniel Jones and the New York Giants?

Gruden should look at the Giants as an example. New York looked dead in the water and destined for another lowly season with Eli Manning under center. But after installing Jones as the starter, the team and fan base both look more energized.

There's been inklings that Washington may turn to Colt McCoy rather than Haskins on Sunday as the former has officially returned to practice following his nasty leg injury suffered in 2018.

Still, it's clear who the fan base wants to see under center, and Week 4 could be the perfect opportunity for Haskins to get his first career start.