Washington Football Team veteran quarterback Alex Smith was unable to play in the team’s wild-card round matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers due to a calf injury. His future now is up in the air.
Smith, 36, told reporters that he hasn’t reached a decision regarding his future in the NFL, according to ESPN’s John Keim. He said he’ll take his time and discuss his future with his wife, Elizabeth, before making a decision.
“I had so much fun this year, to be back in the locker room and on the field to play a game I love and to lose yourself in it is one of the great feelings in the world,” Smith said. “My wife has been through a lot. My family has been through a lot, but that’s for another time and place.”
Smith made his return to the field for Washington in October after suffering a life-threatening leg injury in 2018. In six starts this season, the three-time Pro Bowler went 5-1, completing 66.7% of his passes for 1,582 yards and six touchdowns against eight interceptions.
If he doesn’t return to the field in 2021, Washington will have questions to answer at quarterback. Kyle Allen is expected to return next season after undergoing ankle surgery in November, but it’s unclear if Washington believes he can be the franchise quarterback.
Washington owns the 19th overall pick in the 2021 draft. It could select a quarterback, but many of the class’s top prospects will likely be gone at that point.