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Taylor Heinicke to Start at QB for Washington Sunday if Alex Smith Can’t Play

Washington has a “do or die” affair Sunday in Philadelphia against the Eagles, and it appears that the team’s season will be decided on the shoulders of QB Taylor Heinicke.

Ron Rivera announced Monday that Heinicke will get the start at QB for Washington IF Alex Smith’s calf does not allow him to play.

Sunday in a 20-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers at home, Heinicke replaced an ineffective Dwayne Haskins, and played well in leading the WFT to their only offensive touchdown.

Overall Heinicke went 12-for-19 for 137 yards with a score and a QB rating of 102.3. He helped Washington put up 160 yards of offense in two drives, one of which ended in a score.

Haskins was awful in the loss, going 14-for-28 for 154 with two picks and two sacks.

Smith has missed the last two losses for Washington because of a sore calf. If Washington loses to Philadelphia the Cowboys or Giants will be the NFC East champs.


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