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Alex Smith is questionable for Week 17

Alex Smith will increase his work in practice on Friday in hopes of starting in Week 17.

Alex Smith of the Washington Football Team looks to throw the ball while rolling out against the San Francisco 49ers at State Farm Stadium on December 13, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona. Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images

Friday pm update: Smith is officially questionable after getting in practice time the last two days. Coach Rivera says:

Friday update: Smith is back at practice and getting first team reps on Friday. They will increase his activity today to get him ready to play on Sunday, per Tom Pelissero.

Thursday update: Smith took snaps in Washington’s walk through and was seen stretching with the team, per Tom Pelissero. We won’t know what his practice participation is until the injury report comes out later, but this is an increase in practice activity for Smith.

The Washington Football Team is in the hunt to win the NFC East but isn’t certain about who will start under center in their regular-season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 17. Alex Smith, who has missed two straight games with a calf injury, didn’t practice on Wednesday, according to the Washington Post’s Sam Fortier.

Smith was a limited participant in practice ahead of Washington’s Week 16 matchup against the Carolina Panthers and took the field to get loose on Wednesday.

Coach Ron Rivera said Wednesday that he’s “not worried” about Smith missing practice seems to be on board with starting him in the season finale even if he doesn't participate in practice ahead of Sunday’s game.

Backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke replaced Haskins in Week 16 and threw for 137 yards and a score on 12-of-19 passing. He got first-team reps on Wednesday and should continue to get them ahead of Sunday whether Smith takes part in practice or not.