Washington QB Alex Smith (calf pressure) sits out observe Wednesday, as deliberate

ASHBURN, Va. — Washington Soccer Staff quarterback Alex Smith is true again the place he was per week in the past: unsure about his standing for Sunday.

Smith didn’t observe Wednesday due to his strained proper calf, however he mentioned that was deliberate. Smith mentioned they’ve a plan in place to assist him progress sufficient so he can play in Washington’s season finale at Philadelphia. If Washington (6-9) beats the Eagles, it is going to win the NFC East.

“I am doing every little thing I can to get it proper and able to roll,” Smith mentioned.

However Smith’s absence would make it more durable to win. He has missed the previous two video games due to his calf damage — each losses. Washington is 4-1 in video games Smith has began this season and 2-Eight when he hasn’t began. If Smith cannot play, Taylor Heinicke will begin. He took the first-team reps Wednesday.

“We’ll be guarded with it,” Washington coach Ron Rivera mentioned of Smith’s development. “He’ll get some alternatives and we need to see some enchancment going ahead. If not, we’ll be certain Taylor is getting as a lot work as he can proper now.”

Rivera mentioned as soon as once more that due to Smith’s expertise and information of the offense, he may play with out training throughout the week.

Smith injured his calf in a Dec. 13 win over the San Francisco 49ers, forcing him to overlook the second half.

Heinicke relieved Dwayne Haskins within the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 20-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Washington launched Haskins on Monday, shortly after Rivera mentioned Heinicke would both begin or be the first backup to Smith.

Heinicke has began one sport in his NFL profession — in 2018 whereas taking part in for Rivera in Carolina — and has performed in eight. He spent two years in Minnesota and one in Carolina. Washington offensive coordinator Scott Turner was with him in each stops, so Heinicke is aware of the offense effectively.

Through the portion of observe open to the media, Smith didn’t stretch earlier than the exercise together with teammates. He did some work on his personal off to the facet and in addition threw the ball.

“I felt good on the market,” Smith mentioned. “It was a constructive. I am attempting to reap the benefits of as many psychological reps as I can. The final couple weeks have been irritating when coping with one thing like this.”

Smith almost got here again final week, after what Rivera felt was a powerful displaying in observe Friday. However the subsequent day his calf was sore, and after it did not enhance Sunday, they determined to start out Haskins.

“I felt actually shut [to playing],” Smith mentioned.

He mentioned final week has supplied a mixture of optimism and warning for Sunday. As a result of he was shut, it is doable he is capable of progress sufficient to play. Nonetheless, the best way he felt Saturday offers pause.

“I do really feel I am persevering with to progress from even final week,” Smith mentioned. “We’ll see the way it goes.”

Regardless of which quarterback begins, the job may grow to be more durable if receiver Terry McLaurin would not play. He didn’t observe due to a excessive ankle sprain, however he did work off to the facet with trainers — one thing he didn’t do final week earlier than lacking the Carolina loss.

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