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Report: Washington QB Alex Smith Expected To Return To Practice Field

Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the Washington Football Team prepare to snap the football against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter of the game at State Farm Stadium on December 13, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that former Utah Utes and current Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith is “expected to be on the field for practice” following a right leg injury in Week 14.

After starting against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, December 13, Smith did not play in the second half after suffering a leg injury.

On Wednesday, December 16, Rapoport said that Smith was working his way back.

“Washington QB Alex Smith (calf) is expected to be on the field for practice today, which is a good sign,” Rapoport tweeted. “It’s possible if he feels good enough, he could do individual drills. But he needs rest and rehab, not reps, so no one is pushing him to practice.”

According to multiple reports, Smith did not participate in individual drills during practice on December 16 and Dwayne Haskins ran Washington’s first-team offense.

In November 2018, Smith suffered a brutal season-ending injury to his right leg, the same leg injured against the Niner.

The injury resulted in more than a dozen surgeries and an infection that jeopardized not only his limb but his life.

Smith’s comeback reached its pinnacle this season as he made Washington’s active roster to begin the season.

On October 11, Washington quarterback Kyle Allen went out of a game due to an injury, and Smith was inserted into the game. It was his first time playing in an NFL game in two seasons.

A couple of weeks later, Allen suffered a season-ending injury.

Washingon head coach Ron Rivera named Smith the team’s starting quarterback.

Since then, the former Utah star has started five contests.

Smith’s play has helped Washington to a 4-1 record in the games he’s started, including four straight victories.

This season, Smith has thrown for 1,420 yards, four touchdowns, and six interceptions with a 66.4 percent completion rate.

The team currently owns a 6-7 record this season and sits in first place in the NFC East.

Washington’s next game is against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, December 20 at 11 a.m. (MDT). The game will broadcast on FOX.

Kyle Ireland is a Locals in the NFL Insider for and host of the Yards After College Podcast. Follow him on Twitter (@kyleireland) and Instagram (@kyleirelandksl).