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Injury update: Washington planning to start Alex Smith vs Eagles

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NFL: Washington Football Team at San Francisco 49ers Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Smith is feeling good and the plan is for him to start on Sunday vs the Philadelphia Eagles. The Washington Football Team will still need to check his health tomorrow morning, but everything is pointing in the right direction for Smith to return to the field after missing the last 2 1/2 games with a calf injury. Smith looked like he could possibly return last week, but after practicing fully on Friday, the decision was made to shut him down the next day.

Sunday's game is the biggest of the year, and will determine if the WFT wins the division, or starts the offseason. Washington controls their own destiny, and it doesn't matter what happens in tomorrow's Cowboys vs Giants game as long as they beat the Eagles.

Washington was planning on starting Taylor Heinicke if Smith couldn't play. He came in for Dwayne Haskins Jr. last week and played decently, but was also coming into a game where his team was down two scores in the 4th quarter. Ron Rivera also said the team was planning on signing practice squad QB Steven Montez to the 53-man roster for depth.