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Washington QB Alex Smith (calf strain) sits out practice Wednesday, as planned


ASHBURN, #Va. — #Washington #Football #Team quarterback #Alex #Smith is right back where he was a week ago: uncertain about his status for #Sunday.

#Smith did not practice #Wednesday because of his strained right calf, but he said that was planned. #Smith said they have a plan in place to help him progress enough so he can play in #Washington’s season finale at #Philadelphia. #If #Washington (6-9) beats the #Eagles, it will win the NFC #East.

“I’m doing everything I can to get it right and ready to roll,” #Smith said.

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#But #Smith’s absence would make it tougher to win. #He has missed the past two games because of his calf injury — both losses. #Washington is 4-1 in games #Smith has started this season and 2-8 when he hasn’t started. #If #Smith can’t play, #Taylor #Heinicke will start. #He took the first-team reps #Wednesday.

“#We’ll be guarded with it,” #Washington coach #Ron #Rivera said of #Smith’s progression. “#He’ll get some opportunities and we want to see some improvement going forward. #If not, we’ll make sure #Taylor is getting as much work as he can right now.”

#Rivera said once again that because of #Smith’s experience and knowledge of the offense, he could play without practicing during the week.

#Smith injured his calf in a #Dec. 13 win over the #San #Francisco 49ers, forcing him to miss the second half.

#Heinicke relieved #Dwayne #Haskins in the fourth quarter of #Sunday’s 20-13 loss to the #Carolina #Panthers. #Washington released #Haskins on #Monday, shortly after #Rivera said #Heinicke would either start or be the primary backup to #Smith.

#Heinicke has started one game in his NFL career — in 2018 while playing for #Rivera in #Carolina — and has played in eight. #He spent two years in #Minnesota and one in #Carolina. #Washington offensive coordinator #Scott #Turner was with him in both stops, so #Heinicke knows the offense well.

#During the portion of practice open to the media, #Smith did not stretch before the workout along with teammates. #He did some work on his own off to the side and also threw the ball.

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“I felt good out there,” #Smith said. “#It was a positive. I’m trying to take advantage of as many mental reps as I can. The last couple weeks have been frustrating when dealing with something like this.”

#Smith nearly came back last week, after what #Rivera felt was a strong showing in practice #Friday. #But the next day his calf was sore, and after it didn’t improve #Sunday, they decided to start #Haskins.

“I felt really close [to playing],” #Smith said.

#He said last week has provided a mix of optimism and caution for #Sunday. #Because he was close, it’s possible he’s able to progress enough to play. #However, the way he felt #Saturday provides pause.

“I do feel I’m continuing to progress from even last week,” #Smith said. “#We’ll see how it goes.”

#No matter which quarterback starts, the job could become tougher if receiver #Terry #McLaurin doesn’t play. #He did not practice because of a high ankle sprain, but he did work off to the side with trainers — something he did not do last week before missing the #Carolina loss.

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