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If Alex Smith can't play, Washington game plan will be 'directed' towards Dwayne Haskins

Washington 49ers Football
Posted at 4:15 PM, Dec 14, 2020

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. - Alex Smith left Washington’s game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday with soreness and tightness in his right leg, which he broke in two places in November 2018, sidelining him for nearly two calendar years.

Coach Ron Rivera said Smith was available in an emergency. Washington won 23-15. Rivera said Smith experienced soreness when he tried to push off with his right leg.

Monday, Rivera did not provide an update on Smith - but said second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins will be ready to start Sunday vs. Seattle should Smith be unable to go. "If Alex can't go, Dwayne will get all the work," Rivera told reporters. "He'll get the opportunity to focus in and game-planning will be directed toward Dwayne."

When Smith suffered the gruesome injury in 2018, there were concerns about saving his leg and even his life. He needed 17 surgeries on the leg. He returned to action earlier this season, to well-earned fanfare.

Smith was 8 for 19 for 57 yards and an interception in the first half. He walked to the locker room in the final minute of the second quarter, giving way to Haskins, who knelt down to run out the clock for the half. Haskins was at quarterback for the entire second half, finishing 7 of 12 with one sack.