Commanders news: Ron Rivera, Jahan Dotson, Sam Howell and Carson Wentz

Examining the latest Commanders news and rumors from around the media.

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Which Washington Commanders news stories are hitting the headlines as preparations continue for their Week 18 game against the Dallas Cowboys?

Players and coaches got back onto the practice field on Wednesday as strategies began forming ahead of Week 18 versus the Dallas Cowboys. This is the final engagement of the 2023 campaign. It will also be an emotional affair for most given how many changes are set to be implemented by Josh Harris' ownership group in the coming months.

It's a poignant time for people about to lose jobs after giving so much to the organization in their differing roles. Until then, the stories causing debate include Ron Rivera seeing things through, Sam Howell's final opportunity to shine, a former Commanders quarterback aiming to impress, and Jahan Dotson looking for a complete culture shift with landmark alterations on the immediate horizon.

Let's delve into each topic in more detail.

Former Commanders QB gets a Week 18 start

With the Los Angeles Rams' postseason berth already secured, head coach Sean McVay named Carson Wentz as the team's starter for their regular-season finale. This will be the first time the veteran's been under center since his disastrous spell with the Washington Commanders in 2022, where he benched twice.

Wentz bided his time in pursuit of another NFL opportunity after getting his expected release by the Commanders last offseason. The Rams seemed like a good situation for the signal-caller to galvanize his career. If Wentz impresses on Sunday, it might see more interest come his way when it's time to assess his options in free agency.