Washington’s Ron Rivera says quarterback Alex Smith has proven he’s back

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It took almost two years for Alex Smith to get back into the starting lineup. It only took him two games to inject himself into the conversation about whether he could be Washington’s future quarterback.But after throwing for 715 yards in Washington’s last two losses – and nearly leading in big-deficit returns each time – Smith has returned to a place few thought he would reach again. In Sunday’s 30-27 loss to the Detroit Lions – Smith’s first start since breaking his fibula and tibia in his right leg on Nov. 18, 2018 – he completed a career high of 38 passes for 390 yards. Washington tied the game after trailing by 21 points in the second half to lose to a basket in the last second.

On Monday, Rivera said Smith could “possibly” be seen as a long-term response to the Washington quarterback.

“It’s something that we as coaches and the organization definitely need to talk about if he continues to play at this level,” said Rivera.

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