The Washington Football Team is in prime position to win the NFC East but their postseason aspirations seemed to take a massive hit after quarterback Alex Smith was sidelined during the team's win against the San Francisco 49ers due to a calf strain. Without Smith under center, many wondered if Washington would be able to compete in its remaining games.
But NFL Network's Tom Pelissero delivered some good news for the Football Team, reporting that the team was "optimistic" that Smith would be able to play in Washington's scheduled game against the Seattle Seahawks this upcoming Sunday. Pelissero said on "Good Morning Football" that the Football Team was expected to let Smith rest during the week in order to ensure he is as healthy as possible for the game.
Washington is optimistic about QB Alex Smith's chances for starting Sunday against the #Seahawks, though his practice time this week is expected to be limited. Meanwhile, the #Giants have decisions to make on Daniel Jones. @gmfb @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/CfJMr2EzAn— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 15, 2020
Smith has pulled off perhaps the most remarkable comeback in NFL history, as most assumed his football career was done after he suffered a broken fibula and tibia in November 2018, which almost cost him his leg. The veteran quarterback was able to recover from the injury and was able to win his first NFL game in over 700 days when he led the Football Team to a victory over the Bengals. Smith followed up the win with two more, helping Washington upset the Steelers and defeat the 49ers.
If Smith is unable to play, Dwayne Haskins will be the starter for Washington. Haskins began the season as the starter for the Football Team but was benched after four weeks, reportedly due to the coaching staff being underwhelmed with his performance and work ethic.