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Washington rules out Alex Smith for Week 15, Dwayne Haskins to start in his place

Washington Football Team QB Alex Smith is getting his leg evaluated after soreness and tightness on Sunday. We break down what it means for Week 15.

Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith (11) walks along the sideline against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half at State Farm Stadium. Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Friday PM update: Washington has ruled out Alex Smith for Week 15. Dwayne Haskins will start in his place.

Friday AM update: The plan is for Smith to get in limited work on Friday, per Ian Rapoport. If he can’t practice, one has to think he will not play on Sunday.

Thursday AM update: Smith did not practice on Thursday, but remains on track with the plan to rest him, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

Wednesday PM update: Smith did not participate in practice, per Kyle Stackpole.

Wednesday AM update: Smith is expected to be at practice, per Ian Rapoport, with individual drills the most he would do.

Tuesday update: The Football Team is optimistic about Alex Smith’s chances of playing on Sunday against the Seahawks, per Tom Pelissero. He is expected to be limited in practice all week and see how rest helps him.

The Washington Football Team sits atop the NFC East coming out of Week 14, but they now face a big question at the quarterback position heading into Week 15. Alex Smith left the game late in the second quarter with what was later described as soreness and tightness in his calf. Dwayne Haskins replaced him and played the entire second half in the victory.

Smith is getting evaluated on Monday and head coach Ron Rivera did not have an update at his Monday morning press conference. He said the evaluation was underway and if Smith is unable to go this coming Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, Haskins would get the start. Rivera specifically talked about Haskins getting all the practice reps if Smith can’t play, according to JP Finlay. The nature of the comment seems to imply the team will know by Wednesday if Smith is going to go or not.

Washington beat the 49ers 23-15 on Sunday, with the victory due almost entirely to the defense and special teams. Chase Young ran back a fumble recovery for a score and Kamren Curl had a pick-six of 49ers QB Nick Mullens. Three Dustin Hopkins field goals covered the remaining points. Smith and Haskins were a combined 15 of 31 for 95 yards and an interception.