J.P. Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reported Friday that Alex Smith’s calf injury hasn’t responded, leaving his game status in question.
Smith is 5-1 as Washington’s starter this season after returning from a life-threatening leg injury. During the team’s season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles, the veteran quarterback appeared to be more limited than usual.
Heinicke took a majority of first-team practice reps this week while Smith rested his calf. The 27-year-old replaced Dwayne Haskins during Week 16 against the Carolina Panthers, completing 12 of 19 passes for 137 yards and one touchdown while also rushing for 22 yards in a 20-13 loss.