NFL Analyst Reports Washington’s Alex Smith May Miss Playoff Game Against Buccaneers

Published 01/09/2021, 1:30 PM EST


Alex Smith has had a fantastic comeback this season. After almost 2 seasons away from the field, Smith made his return to the Washington Football Team in October during the regular season.

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Since then, Smith has looked really good, as Washington were able to secure a playoff spot on the last day of the regular season. Now they face Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

However, it appears as though the Washington Football Team will have to play the game without Alex Smith. NFL analyst Ian Rapoport reported earlier today that Alex Smith is suffering from soreness from the calf injury that has persisted for quite some time. He added that back-up quarterback Taylor Heinicke could replace him as the starting quarterback.

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He said, “It may keep him out tonight. In fact, that is the way it is trending for the Washington Football Team. Taylor Heinicke could end up being the starting quarterback against Tom Brady tonight.

“Alex Smith, who has been dealing with that calf injury, came in sore yesterday.” 

Alex Smith- Comeback story in jeopardy?

Rapoport added that the soreness that Smith was experiencing caused Washington to immediately take notice. Given Smith’s very recent injury history, it is unlikely that they will risk him, even though it is an important playoff game against Tampa.

Hence Rapoport suggests that it is very likely that Heinicke starts against Tom Brady. “That really led everyone to pump the brakes on his status.

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“They want to get more information, see how he is this morning. But if he is experiencing the same sort of soreness, and they believe he will. Then Taylor Heinicke could be the one starting, not Alex Smith, the potential comeback player of the year.”

Dec 13, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith (11) looks to pass during the first half against the San Francisco 49ers at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

If this is true, then the loss of Alex Smith will be a massive blow for Washington. Since his return, he has looked really impressive for them.

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Will Smith be declared fit before Washington’s playoff game against the Buccaneers? It is a race against time for Smith, who was set to play his first playoff game in almost 3 years.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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