A week after Ron Rivera said -- and then publicly regretted saying -- that "quarterback" was the Commanders' biggest issue, Washington will officially undergo a QB change for Sunday's Week 7 game against the Packers. With starter Carson Wentz set to miss anywhere from four to six weeks due to a fractured finger, Rivera announced Tuesday that backup Taylor Heinicke will take over under center against Green Bay.
Wentz finished Washington's Week 6 win over the Bears but could be headed to injured reserve, guaranteeing at least a four-game absence, as he recovers from surgery. Heinicke, meanwhile, is back in the saddle after starting all but one game for the Commanders in 2021. Originally signed in late 2020, the former Vikings and Panthers reserve made his starting debut as an emergency fill-in for Alex Smith that postseason, then replaced the injured Ryan Fitzpatrick last year.