Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith will be listed as questionable for the regular-season finale against the host Philadelphia Eagles, coach Ron Rivera said on Friday.
Rivera, however, noted that it would be premature to say Smith would play on Sunday as he works his way past a right calf injury.
If Smith misses his third straight game, Taylor Heinicke would get the nod and Steven Montez would serve as the backup. Montez, an undrafted rookie from Colorado, was promoted from the practice squad last week.
Smith, 36, is 4-1 since taking over as the starter in Week 10. After missing all of 2019 recovering from a leg injury and a life-threatening infection, he has completed 66.4 percent of his passes for 1,420 yards with four touchdowns and six picks in seven appearances this season.
Heinicke replaced an ineffective Dwayne Haskins in the fourth quarter and completed 12 of 19 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown in a 20-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Haskins was released from the team the following day.
Washington (6-9) can win the NFC East by beating Philadelphia (4-10-1).
Dallas (6-9) would need to defeat the New York Giants and have the Eagles emerge victorious to advance.
If both Washington and Dallas lose, they will be tied with the Giants at 6-10. In that case, the Giants would win the NFC East because of tiebreakers.