Practice Report: With Alex Smith ailing, Dwayne Haskins gets 1st-team reps at QB

JP Finlay
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Practice Report: With Alex Smith ailing, Dwayne Haskins gets 1st-team reps originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Dwayne Haskins worked with the first-team offense during Washington's practice on Wednesday. 

Last week Alex Smith started against San Francisco but injured his calf and was forced out of the game just before halftime. Haskins played the entire second half and could be in position for his first start this weekend since early October. 

Now, it's important to point out two things:

  1. Smith was at practice but did not take part in individual drills. He stood with the quarterback group during the session.

  2. It's only Wednesday's practice. It's very possible that Smith could miss Wednesday and Thursday to give the calf extra rest before returning for Friday's practice session. It's even possible that a veteran with Smith's command of the offense could miss practice all week and still start Sunday. 

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The scary part with Smith is that the calf injury - reported to be just a mild strain - is to his surgically repaired right leg. It was a little more than two years ago Smith suffered a compound fracture in the leg, dealt with a blood infection during recovery, and had to undergo 17 surgeries to repair the leg. Another injury in that leg could present major complications. 

Against San Francisco, Haskins completed seven of 12 passes for 51 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. The 15th-overall pick in 2019, Haskins had been demoted to third-string back in October. He moved up to the backup role when Kyle Allen broke his ankle in a Week 9 game against the Giants. 

This will likely be a situation to monitor all week.

Washington head coach Ron Rivera is scheduled to speak with the media after practice and should provide some level of update.