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Reports: QB Alex Smith Expected To Start In Washington Football Team’s Regular Season Finale

Jan 2, 2021, 7:32 PM | Updated: 7:34 pm

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Alex Smith #11 of the Washington Football Team looks to pass during their game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on November 15, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)

(Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Washington Football Team expects former Utah Utes quarterback Alex Smith to start in Week 17 against the Philadelphia Eagles, according to multiple reports.

Washington is scheduled to finish the 2020 regular season on the road against the Eagles on Sunday, January 3.

Smith hasn’t played since suffering a calf strain in Week 14.

Washington has dropped two consecutive games with Smith inactive and unable to play.

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

Alex Smith’s Injury History

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

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 another level this season as he made Washington’s active roster to begin the season.

Alex Smith in 2020

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.

Smith’s play helped Washington to a 4-1 record in the games he 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 6-9 record this season and sits in first place in the NFC East.

Washington’s game against Philadelphia will kick-off on Sunday, January 2 at 6:20 p.m. (MDT). The game will broadcast on KSL TV.

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

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Reports: QB Alex Smith Expected To Start In Washington Football Team’s Regular Season Finale