Steelers QB Dwayne Haskins killed in auto accident

Dwayne Haskins #3 of the Pittsburgh Steelers seems to cross towards the Carolina Panthers through the first half of an NFL preseason sport at Financial institution of America Stadium on August 27, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins was killed in an auto accident Saturday in Florida.

Haskins’ agent, Cedric Saunders, advised ESPN concerning the quarterback’s loss of life, and the Steelers launched a press release extending their condolences.

“I’m devastated and perplexed with the unlucky passing of Dwayne Haskins,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin stated. “He shortly turned a part of our Steelers household upon his arrival in Pittsburgh and was one in all our hardest staff, each on the sector and in our neighborhood. Dwayne was a terrific teammate, however much more so an incredible good friend to so many. I’m actually heartbroken.

“Our ideas and prayers are together with his spouse, Kalabrya, and his complete household throughout this tough time.”

The 24-year-old Haskins was a first-round draft alternative of Washington in 2019 and began seven video games, going 2-5 as a rookie. The previous Ohio State star was 1-5 in six begins the following season for the crew, then was launched.

Dwayne Haskins #3 of the Pittsburgh Steelers seems on through the sport towards the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Discipline on September 26, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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The Steelers gave Haskins an opportunity to resurrect his profession in January 2021 once they signed him a month after being launched by Washington. Humbled by the choice, Haskins pressured he was wanting to work onerous and take in as a lot as he might from Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph. He made the roster because the third-stringer however solely dressed as soon as, serving because the backup in a tie with Detroit after Roethlisberger was positioned into the COVID-19 protocol the night time earlier than the sport.

Tomlin and basic supervisor Kevin Colbert each praised Haskins for his enchancment since becoming a member of the crew, and the Steelers re-signed him to a one-year deal as a restricted free agent in March. He was anticipated to compete with Rudolph and Mitch Trubisky for a spot.

“We’re excited to see what Dwayne can present, both from competitors, or possibly he evolves as a starter,” Colbert stated in January.

Haskins seemed to be working in South Florida this week with a number of teammates, together with Trubisky and different talent place gamers, together with working again Najee Harris and tight finish Pat Freiermuth.

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