Alex Smith undoubtedly gives the Washington Football Team its best chance of winning games, which makes it surprising that he did not play in Saturday’s playoff game. But there was a good reason — the Washington quarterback is still bothered by his calf injury.

Smith missed Weeks 15 and 16 for Washington due to his calf injury. However, he played in Week 17 and helped the team beat the Eagles to win the NFC East.

So what kept him from playing on Saturday against Tampa Bay in the NFC wild-card game? According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, it’s not an issue of Smith being unwilling to play through pain. Rather, Smith would not have been able to function at a level he or the team wanted.



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