Washington Football Team coach Ron Rivera told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio that quarterback Alex Smith was cleared by the team doctor to start Sunday night against the Philadelphia Eagles

“Alex had two good days and then went through the walking tour before we went to Philadelphia, saw the doctor and she said he was ready to go,” Rivera told Paolantonio on Saturday night,

Rivera said Smith will be treated at the team hotel on Sunday and his calf injury will be reviewed before the game starts, but the team has every expectation that Smith will start and play a full game

Smith, who trained for a second straight day on Friday, is rated as questionable for Sunday’s game, but a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Washington plans to have him start like all week

Washington (6-9) wins NFC East if it beats the Eagles (4-10-1) The team has lost two games in a row, with Smith unable to play

Smith practiced for the first time in a row since suffering a strained right calf in December 13 game against San Francisco last week, Smith only trained on the Friday before the game His calf did not react well the next day and he missed his second game in a row

If Smith can’t play, the start goes to Taylor Heinicke, the Dwayne Haskins Jr In the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 20-13 defeat against Carolina, Heinicke completed 12 of 19 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown in two runs

Haskins was released Monday after fighting in the field and violating the COVID-19 protocols

Washington signed Heinicke to his practice group on December 8; He has been on the active squad for the last two games

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Source: https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/30640483/washington-alex-smith-very-promising-start-sunday-vs-philadelphia-eagles