Smith believes he can still play in the NFL, but he still hasn't made a final decision on continuing his career, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports. Smith was the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year in 2020, returning from a devastating leg injury to make six starts for Washington. He won five of those games en route to a playoff berth, but Smith also made a lot of mistakes -- including eight interceptions -- and missed the end of the season with a calf injury. He has two years remaining on his contract, but he might need to accept a pay cut to stay in Washington, as the team can free up approximately $14.7 million in cap space if Smith is released. It isn't clear if Smith wants to stay in Washington, play elsewhere or retire.
Smith, who missed Saturday's wild-card loss to the Buccaneers due to a strained right calf muscle, has yet to make a decision on whether he plans to continue his playing career, John Keim of ESPN.com reports. The report notes that the veteran a QB plans to take some time this offseason before making a call on his career plans. After suffering a devastating leg injury in November 2018, Smith -- who has two more years left on his contract -- beat the odds and made it back to Washington's lineup this past season, starting six games. With the franchise already having moved on from 2019 first-rounder Dwayne Haskins, the team's QB situation remains fluid, with its plans for Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen to be determined.
Smith (calf) is inactive for Saturday's wild-card game against the Buccaneers, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post Smith entered the weekend as questionable to play, but his right hamstring continues to be bothersome and won't allow him to suit up, resulting in his third absence over the last four contests. In Smith's stead, Taylor Heinicke will direct Washington's offense.
Smith (calf) is not expected to be active for Saturday's wild-card contest against the Buccaneers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The report made sure to suggest it wasn't a pain tolerance issue, more so the expected game plan could not be functionally run with a limited Smith under center. As a result, expect Taylor Heinicke to get the start with Steven Montez set to back up the 27-year-old signal caller.
Smith (calf) will be evaluated Saturday morning but appears to be trending in the wrong direction to suit up for the wild-card game against the Buccaneers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. It's unclear if Washington will make the call on its quarterback situation closer to the 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff or earlier Saturday, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see Smith sit considering the veteran handled very few practice reps throughout the week. Instead, Taylor Heinicke, whom coach Ron Rivera suggested could be part of a quarterback rotation even if Smith was healthy enough to play, could get the start for Washington.
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