Alex Smith is officially doubtful about playing in Washington’s playoff fight against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday night.
The questionable designation comes after Smith supposedly laid down with his teammates ahead of today’s practice, but didn’t appear to do much else in the face of a calf injury.
Coach Ron Rivera told reporters Smith was “a little sore”. by Nicki Jhabvala of the Washington Post.
Taylor Heinicke won the majority of first-team reps in training, the coach said.
Rivera also added that he wished he had Smith another day before their playoff game on Saturday.
“We’ll see how he’s doing tomorrow morning and go from there,” he said.
Smith was a limited practice Wednesday. Pain after such participation is usually not a good sign of a player’s availability, especially over a short week. Still, no one is going to question Smith’s ability to play with pain if given the chance.
Shoo-in Come Back Player of the Year went 5-1 as a Washington starter and helped propel the football team into the playoffs by limiting turnovers and ordering a chain attack .
Rivera suggested earlier this week that he might consider spinning Smith and Heinicke in Saturday’s postseason game.
First of all, Washington hopes Smith’s pain will go away in a day or two.