The Washington Redskins limped their way out of Green Bay with a loss.
Dwayne Haskins turned an ankle, and Derrius Guice left the game with a knee injury as the Redskins (3-10) lost to the Green Bay Packers (10-3) 20-15 on Dec. 8 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
The loss snaps a two-game win streak for the Redskins and officially eliminates them from any small hope they had of a playoff berth.
While Haskins rolled his ankle just before the half, he continued playing with a noticeable limp for the rest of the game.
“There was no way I was coming out of the game,” Haskins said. “I hurt my ankle in my last high school game, the last high school game of my career, and I didn’t come out, and I wasn’t going to come out now.”
With or without the limp, Haskins struggled for most of the game with just over 100 yards passing for most of it.
But after the Packers kicked a field goal late in the fourth quarter to make it an 11-point game, Haskins came alive leading Washington on an eight-play, 75-yard drive ending with a touchdown pass to Terry McLaurin.
McLaurin, the Redskins’ leading receiver and 2019 fourth-round draft pick, caught the touchdown pass from Haskins with his left hand making it a five-point game. Haskins completed 16 of 27 passes for 170 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Even with a noticeable limp, Redskins’ Interim Head Coach Bill Callahan said he did not consider taking Haskins out of the game, saying the team’s medical staff cleared him to play.
“He’s competing and helping our team,” Callahan said. “Look at the drive he put together in the two-minute (drill). He competed as well as any quarterback in the league. Now, if that doesn’t tell you anything, I don’t know what does.”
Unlike Haskins’ injury, Guice’s injury was severe enough to remove him from the game. Guice injured his knee on a 23-yard run in the second quarter.
For Guice, it is his second injury of the season, and the third of his short career, after tearing his meniscus Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles and tearing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) last preseason.
The second-year player has only played in five games in his short NFL career as he has had to sit most out do to injuries. However, when has played, Guice has performed well, rushing for 245 yards in 42 carries with two touchdowns in just five games this season.
“This guy’s upbeat, he’s positive, he’s got more energy than the entire building, so it ain’t going to hamper him or stifle him or hold him back by any means,” Callahan said of Guice.
Guice had revitalized the Redskins’ running game as both he and Adrian Peterson were crucial in Washington’s last two wins. Again on Sunday, Peterson played a major role in the offense, rushing for 76 yards on 20 carries and one touchdown.
Like last week, Washington put themselves in an early 14-point hole.
After a Redskins three-and-out, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers led Green Bay on a seven-play, 50-yard drive, capped off by a 4-yard touchdown run by Aaron Jones.
Just a few drives later, Rodgers again would lead the Packers on a drive, finishing it with a 12-yard pass to Robert Tonyan to make the score 14-0.
While Green Bay went up early, Washington’s defense rebounded. The Redskins defense sacked Rodgers four times, including a sack-fumble by Ryan Anderson just before half that ended a potential scoring drive for the Packers.
Rodgers completed 18 of 28 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown, saying Green Bay won “ugly” against the Redskins.
“I mean, it was frustrating at times, just not being able to kind of get over that hump and to put them away, but they got a good front,” Rodgers said.
Next up for Washington is the division rival Philadelphia Eagles (6-7) Dec. 15 at FedExField.