A big cog in the Washington football team won’t be under center against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Alex Smith is inactive for the first round of the NFL Playoffs due to a calf injury. Substitute Taylor Heinicke steps in and will start for the NFC East division champions.
It’s a functionality issue with Alex Smith and his calf injury, not a pain tolerance issue. Smith couldn’t function like he nor WFT wanted to be able to start tonight. https://t.co/ETGSScbTxI
– Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 9, 2021
The injury is an injury that Smith has been dealing with for a little while. He suffered the injury in Week 14 against the 49ers. Smith missed the next two games against the Seahawks and Carolina Panthers. The 36-year-old returned last Sunday in a must-see season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles. Smith went 22 of 32 for 162 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions to lead Washington to a 20-14 victory.
Smith was expected to line up under center against the Bucs, but the calf got worse as the week went on.
Heinicke replaced former Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins in the loss to the Panthers. The four-year veteran went 12 of 19 for 137 yards with a touchdown pass.
Smith had returned from a horrific leg injury suffered in November 2018 that had put his career in question. He has appeared in eight games this season, starting six and finishing 5-1 in the process. Smith completed 66.7% of his passes, totaling 1,582 yards with six touchdowns and eight interceptions.