WFT’S RIVERA ADMITS HE WAS AFRAID TO PLAY ALEX SMITH: ‘WHAT IF HE GETS HURT AGAIN?’

By Lewis Gould

The thoughts was in the back of WFT coach Ron Rivera’s mind:

“What if he gets hurt again?”

Rivera admitted that he was scared to play Smith and that he wasn’t sure whether Smith would be able to play — issues that led Smith to tell GQ Magazine that he wasn’t in Washington’s plans upon reporting for training camp.

Smith was released shortly after his conversation with Rivera last week, but Rivera agreed with his sentiment in the article.

“It was always in the back of my head, what if he gets hurt again? What if he hurts that leg again? I’ll be the guy that put him back on the field to get him hurt again,” Rivera said during a video conference call today. “I struggled with that every day. That was tough.”

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