The Washington Football Team will turn to Taylor Heinicke in the playoffs.

Heinicke will start in Washington’s NFC wild-card playoff game against Tampa Bay on Saturday night. Alex Smith is inactive.

Smith has been dealing with a calf injury that forced him to miss Weeks 15 and 16. Washington lost both games. He returned for Week 17 and led the team to a victory over the Philadelphia Eagles to clinch the NFC East and a playoff spot.

Heinicke, who played for Ron Rivera in Carolina and appeared in six games in 2018, started the Week 16 game and went 12-for-19 for 137 yards and a touchdown.

Steven Montez, who played at Colorado from 2015-2019, will be the backup for Washington.



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