It sounds less and more outlandish continuously that Alex Smith will play Saturday against the Buccaneers. The Washington Football Team listed him as questionable Thursday, and he stays questionable Friday night.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports Smith’s harmed right calf actually is sore and “hasn’t loosened up.” It comes down to how Smith feels pregame Saturday night.
Notwithstanding, it’s reasonable Smith isn’t 100% and won’t be 100% by kickoff.
Washington wants to give Smith, who is 5-0 in his last five beginnings and has seven career playoff begins, each opportunity to play. However, Taylor Heinicke, who took the greater part of the first-team reps this week, is 100%. So what percent Smith is superior to a 100% Heinicke?
It seems like a lose-lose for Washington in its first playoff game since 2015.
Smith began a success or-go-home Week 17 game, yet he threw two interceptions and clearly emerged from the game-worn out. Heinicke didn’t join the team until December and has one NFL start, which came in 2018 for Carolina.
There shows up a real chance Heinicke’s second career start comes in his first playoff game.