By Lew Gould

Commanders quarterback Sam Howell will start against the San Francisco 49ers today, just four days after being benched for Jacoby Brissett, who is out with a hammy.

Commanders coach Ron Rivera named Brissett the starter Wednesday after Howell had continued to struggle down the stretch. Rivera had benched Howell in each of the previous two games — Washington trailed by at least 20 points in each contest — with Brissett rallying the team both times.

Brissett, who would have been Rivera’s ninth starting quarterback in his four seasons, led touchdown drives on his first five series over the two games.

But Brissett reported tightness in his hamstring after meetings Thursday night. He received treatment that night and the next day and was then listed as questionable on the injury report. After working out approximately three hours before the game, with trainers and some coaches watching, Brissett appeared frustrated as he headed to the locker room. An hour later he was ruled out of the game.

Jake Fromm will serve as Howell’s backup.

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