Alex Smith injury update: Washington quarterback dealing with calf tightness
Alex Smith was unable to play in the second half of Week 14 because of a calf injury.
Washington’s 36-year-old quarterback was injured during the first half against the 49ers. He could initially be seen getting his right leg — the same leg of Smith’s horrific break in 2018 — worked on by trainers on the sideline. Smith eventually left for the halftime locker room early, and he didn’t play in the second half, as Dwayne Haskins took over.
After the game, Washington coach Ron Rivera told reporters that Smith had tightness in his calf and couldn’t get it loose. Rivera added that if something had happened to Haskins, Smith could’ve gone back in the game.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport added further reporting after the game that Smith was diagnosed with a calf strain that’s “somewhat mild.” Rapoport wrote that X-rays were negative and that Washington would check the injury out again Monday morning.
Before departing, Smith had struggled against San Francisco’s defense to the tune of 8-of-19 passing for 57 yards and an interception.
The initial concern surrounding Smith as Sunday’s game was still ongoing centered around his right leg as a whole once the broadcast showed it being worked on. It’s been a bit more than two years since Smith’s leg broke, an injury which required double-digit surgeries as an infection complicated matters greatly.
As it turned out, Smith’s injury was only a calf strain and not something more serious. It’s not immediately clear whether he’ll be ready to play in Week 15. The injury worries for Smith came a week after he had his own version of the bloody-sock game against the Steelers.
Alex Smith injury updates
Dec. 13 (night): NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that Smith was diagnosed with a “somewhat mild” calf strain, that X-rays were negative and that a follow-up would take place Monday morning.
Dec. 13 (postgame presser): Ron Rivera tells reporters that Smith was dealing with calf tightness and couldn’t get it loose.
Dec. 13 (during game): Smith has his right leg worked on by trainers on the sideline before heading to the halftime locker room early. He doesn’t return to action as Dwayne Haskins plays in relief.