NFL Insider Ian Rapoport Provides Unfortunate Update On Washington QB Alex Smith’s Playoff Status

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It looks like the feel good story on Alex Smith just might be over.

On Saturday night, the Washington Football Team will face off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a Wild Card game, but it appears that Alex Smith will not be able to play, according to a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

“[The calf injury] may keep him out tonight,” Rapoport said. “In fact, that is the way this is trending for the Washington Football Team.”

“Taylor Heinicke could end up being the starting quarterback against Tom Brady tonight. Alex Smith, who has been battling a calf injury came in sore yesterday and that led everyone to pump the brakes on his status. They want to get more information, but if he’s experiencing the same sort of soreness, which they believe he will, Taylor Heinicke could be the one starting.”

That is just devastating news for Smith after he battled back from a severe leg injury that almost took his life.

Washington and Tampa Bay kick off tonight at 8:15 p.m. ET on NBC.