Alex Smith injury: Ron Rivera says Washington QB had calf tension, replaced by Dwayne Haskins


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The Washington football team was forced to make another change under the center on Sunday. Alex Smith was injured in his right leg in the 14th week in Washington in the first half of the victory over the San Francisco 49ers and even left the locker room before the second quarter ended. This was particularly worrying because Smith’s right leg is the same one he was seriously injured a few years ago that almost cost him his career. Fox’s radiation crew reported that Smith’s injury was specifically a calf injury, and the training staff continued to work on it in the second half to try to loosen his right leg.

Smith struggled before the leg injury as he scored 8 of 19 passes for 57 yards and an interception in the first half. After Smith lagged behind, second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins entered. He scored 7 out of 12 passes for 51 yards and didn’t look too imposing. Haskins nearly threw his own 14-yard line at the end of the fourth quarter after passing over Terry McLaurin’s head, but this was deemed incomplete after Jimmie Ward couldn’t get into the paddock before the ball hit the ground.

After the game, Washington head coach Ron Rivera told reporters that Smith really had tightness in his calf and couldn’t relax. according to ESPN John Keim. It’s too early to speculate on whether you can start in week 15.

Haskins started the first four games of the 2020 season and scored 61 percent of his passes to 939 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. They then tapped for Kyle Allen, who broke his ankle against the New York Giants in Week 9, which opened the door to Smith’s return. As Washington is now moving forward with control of its own destiny, Smith’s health needs to be monitored.