Washington Football Team quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is expected to miss six to eight weeks and, for now, avoid surgery, according to people familiar with the situation. The 38-year-old subluxed, or partially dislocated, his right hip in Washington’s season-opening loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday and was later placed on injured reserve.

On Monday, Coach Ron Rivera told reporters that Fitzpatrick was expected to get a second opinion and then decide his next steps. For such injuries, recovery is typically dependent on whether there is damage to surrounding bone or soft tissue.

“The hip is a very stable joint, so for a hip to get [fully] dislocated, usually that would create an injury to the bone or an injury to the labrum or both. A subluxation is not quite as severe,” said Brian Schulz, a sports medicine specialist and orthopedic surgeon at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles who is not involved in Fitzpatrick’s treatment. “If there’s no soft-tissue injury, then it would just be rest, rehab and he wouldn’t have to do much else.”

Washington has a bye in Week 9 but returns to host the reigning Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers at FedEx Field on Nov. 14.

In Fitzpatrick’s absence, Washington has turned to Taylor Heinicke, a seventh-year quarterback who started the team’s first-round playoff loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in January and finished its 20-16 defeat to the Chargers on Sunday.

Heinicke is slated to start Thursday night against the New York Giants at FedEx Field, with Kyle Allen as his backup.