Alex Smith strained his calf, X-rays negative

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Washington quarterback Alex Smith‘s injury does not appear serious. At least judging by Ron Rivera’s postgame comments.

The Washington coach said X-rays of Smith’s calf were negative.

“He strained the calf, basically,” said Rivera.

Rivera said Smith could have returned if Washington had needed him.

“What happened was Alex developed some tightness and muscle soreness as he was pushing off that right leg,” Rivera said. “As we ended the half, they took him to get X-rays. The X-rays were fine. There was no issue there. But he had the soreness, and it was tight, so we decided not to have him go back out there in the second half. We had him there in case of emergency. He stayed on the sideline and stayed loose and tried to loosen it up. It just stayed tight. He said he couldn’t get it loose. Out of an abundance of caution, we went ahead and went with Dwayne in the second half.”

It is Smith’s right calf, which is the same leg that Smith underwent 17 surgeries on after his gruesome leg injury in 2018.

Dwayne Haskins took a knee to end the first half and then stayed in the game in the second half. Smith went 8-for-19 for 57 yards and an interception, while Haskins was 7-of-12 for 51 yards.

Washington held on for a 23-15 victory and is in sole possession of first place in the NFC East.

14 responses to “Alex Smith strained his calf, X-rays negative

  1. I’m glad that the medical staff is being cautious with him after all he’s been through.

  2. He was hurting well before he went out. His throws were short and inaccurate almost from the get go. Hopefully it doesn’t keep him out for long. Calf strains are tricky.

  3. I cannot believe how bad Haskins is. I remember people speaking fondly of him coming out of college. He is not accurate, has no touch, makes bad decisions and is not mobile. I am not sure what people saw from him?

  4. Let’s go gooooo Alex !! Get well and stay safe … but even you on one leg is better than having to play Haskins , I’m sure the QB on the practice squad is better .

  5. I guess there was a reason Haskins was still on the board when Washington drafted him. Don’t know what happened to the Duane Haskins who played so great at Ohio State, but THIS Haskins is a mere shadow of the kid who played in college. Very disappointing. I was one of the guys who thought Washington had made a steal in getting this kid, but clearly I was wrong. Too bad. Come on, Alex…get well FAST! We need ya!!!!

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