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Alex Smith has 'real chance' to return in Week 16, per report

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Alex Smith injured his calf before Washington's win against the 49ers and missed last week's loss to Seattle. 

It appears that could change this week. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that "There’s a real chance Alex Smith is going to be back on the field recovered from that calf strain in time to start a very important game for Washington this weekend."

The news comes at a vital time for Washington. 

The Burgundy and Gold lost to the Seahawks last Sunday. Hours later, quarterback Dwayne Haskins attended a party with several people. Photos emerged of the party on social media and it became very obvious that Haskins broke the NFL's COVID-19 protocols. 

While Haskins issued a public apology via social media, it's unclear if he will be able to play this weekend or even if he can come back to the Washington practice facility. There was no practice or media availability on Tuesday. Head coach Ron Rivera will address reporters on Wednesday. 

If Haskins can't play and Smith is still injured, then Washington has to rely on practice squad quarterbacks Taylor Heinicke or Steven Montez. That's not an ideal situation for a team that could potentially win the NFC East with a win this weekend over Carolina and a New York Giants loss to Baltimore. 

Smith back would help on a number of levels. 

"They believe and are hopeful that Alex Smith can and hopefully will be back on Sunday to start against Carolina," Schefter reported.