Washington names Hask­ins start­ing QB

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Washington coach Ron Rivera on Wed­nes­day an­nounced Dwayne Hask­ins will be the team’s start­ing quar­ter­back for Week 1 against the Ea­gles.

The de­ci­sion con­firmed Hask­ins, who is en­ter­ing his sec­ond sea­son, did enough to earn the job over Kyle Allen, whom Rivera knew well from his time with the Pan­thers, and Alex Smith, who is re­turn­ing af­ter miss­ing the end of the 2018 sea­son and all of last sea­son with a bro­ken right leg.

‘‘Dwayne’s lived up to ev­ery­thing we talked about in Jan­uary,’’ Rivera said, re­fer­ring to the time he was named Washington’s coach. ‘‘He de­serves the op­por­tu­nity. He’s go­ing to get the op­por­tu­nity, and he’s go­ing to get my sup­port.’’

‘‘I just wanted to come in and show how much work I put in this off­sea­son,’’ Hask­ins said. ‘‘I’m just try­ing to do my best and master the [new] of­fense as much as I can.’’

Cousins: ‘If I die [of virus], I die’

Vik­ings quar­ter­back Kirk Cousins said he’s un­con­cerned about catch­ing the coro­n­avirus, with a worry on a scale of one to 10 that’s ‘‘about a 0.000001.’’

In a wide-rang­ing in­ter­view for an NFLthemed pod­cast, Cousins said he wants to ‘‘re­spect other peo­ple’s con­cerns’’ about COVID-19 by wear­ing a face cov­er­ing. He also said he’s count­ing on his health and fit­ness as safe­guards against the dis­ease.

‘‘I’m go­ing to go about my daily life,’’ Cousins told host Kyle Brandt. ‘‘If I get it, I’m go­ing to ride it out. I’m go­ing to let na­ture do its course, a sur­vival-of-the-fittest kind of ap­proach . . . .

‘‘Even if I die, I die. I kind of have peace about that. That’s re­ally where I fall on it, so my opin­ion on wear­ing a mask is re­ally about be­ing re­spect­ful to other peo­ple. It re­ally has noth­ing to do with my per­sonal thoughts.’’

Ben­gals give Mixon $48M ex­ten­sion

The Ben­gals signed run­ning back Joe Mixon to a four-year, $48 mil­lion con­tract ex­ten­sion that runs through the 2024 sea­son. They drafted him in the sec­ond round in 2017 out of Ok­la­homa, where he was sus­pended for punch­ing a woman in the face.

Mixon has emerged as one of the NFL’s top run­ning backs, run­ning for more than 1,000 yards in each of the last two sea­sons de­spite of an of­fen­sive line that strug­gled to open holes.

Re­port: Pats to re­lease WR Sanu

NFL Net­work re­ported the Pa­tri­ots have told re­ceiver Mo­hamed Sanu they in­tend to re­lease him.

The Pa­tri­ots ac­quired Sanu in a trade last Oc­to­ber with the Fal­cons for a sec­ond-round draft pick last spring, but a va­ri­ety of in­juries lim­ited him to 26 catches for 207 yards in eight games (six starts) with them.


Dwayne Hask­ins (above) beat out Kyle Allen and Alex Smith to be Washington’s start­ing quar­ter­back.

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