By Lewis Gould
Quarterback Alex Smith practiced today for the WFT but he’s still iffy for Sunday night’s game at Philly.
Washington (6-9) will win the NFC East if it beats the Eagles (4-10-1). Washington has lost two consecutive games with Smith unable to play.
Smith practiced on back-to-back days for the first time since suffering a strained right calf during a Dec. 13 game vs. San Francisco. Last week, Smith did not practice until the Friday before the game; his calf did not respond well the next day, and he missed his second straight game.
Running back Antonio Gibson (turf toe) and receiver Terry McLaurin (high ankle sprain) also are listed as questionable for Sunday. Neither practiced this week, but both did work with trainers off to the side, and coach Ron Rivera said he was “encouraged” by what he saw.
“I thought he had a good day,” Rivera said. “He moved around well, he threw well.”
If Smith can’t play, Taylor Heinicke would start. Heinicke relieved Dwayne Haskins in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 20-13 loss to Carolina. In two drives, Heinicke completed 12 of 19 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown.