We got an Alex Smith injury update before the final Saturday Night Football game, and now we've got updates on the statuses of Terry McLaurin and Antonio Gibson.
There isn't a lot of good news for the Washington Football Team's offense in these updates. Ian Rapoport reported Alex Smith was sore today as he tries to return from a calf injury that forced him to miss last week's game. He said the optimism that he will play isn't the same as it was earlier in the week, which has been said by other reporters as the week progressed. Smith is still considered a game-time decision, but the team did elevate Steven Montez from the practice squad again. If Smith can't play again, Dwayne Haskins Jr. will start again with Taylor Heinicke and Montez backing him up.
Washington QB Alex Smith, still dealing with the calf injury, came in a bit sore today, per me and @MikeGarafolo. He still has a chance to play, but there isn’t as much optimism as there was on Friday. WFT will check on him Sunday morning.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 27, 2020
Washington still has not announced its starting QB, but there continues to be concern that Alex Smith can’t do everything he needs to do to be effective today, per sources. Dwayne Haskins took all the starter’s reps through Thursday, and would start if WFT does deactivate Smith.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 27, 2020
Terry McLaurin hasn't practiced all week and was listed as doubtful. He has been dealing with an ankle injury for the last month, and will now miss his first game according to Adam Schefter. Washington released Dontrelle Inman today, and activated rookie WR Antonio Gandy-Golden from IR. Cam Sims and Steven Sims Jr. will need to step up in McLaurin absence.
Washington WR Terry McLaurin, nursing an ankle injury, will not play Sunday vs. the Panthers, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 27, 2020
We did receive some good news on the injury front. RB Antonio Gibson hasn't played since suffering turf toe 3 weeks ago. He was listed as questionable for tomorrow's game, but is expected to play according to Schefter. Washington will also have J.D. McKissic and Peyton Barber active, and newly signed Lamar Miller if they want to carry 4 RBs.
Washington RB Antonio Gibson, listed as questionable for Sunday with an ankle injury, is expected to play vs. the Panthers, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 27, 2020