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Report: Washington hopeful Alex Smith can take over as starting QB

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According to CBS Sports NFL reporter Jason La Canfora, Washington is hoping Alex Smith can become the team's next starting quarterback in the next couple of weeks. 

Provided more practice time, La Canfora reported that Washington head coach Ron Rivera could turn to his veteran quarterback to bolster his team's chances to win the NFC East. Rivera demoted last week's starting QB Dwayne Haskins to third-string and named Kyle Allen his starter on Wednesday. 

Now, ahead of Allen's first start for Washington today against the Rams, Washington still may be holding out hope the former Pro Bowler can play at a high level. The move would mark the completion of an incredible comeback from Smith's gruesome leg injury in late 2018 and was scared for his life after complications from surgery required fighting off infection. 

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No team in the NFC East has won more than one game through four weeks in the NFL season, and Rivera could be shifting more towards a win-now mode with this move. 

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At 36 years old, Smith made headlines this offseason making the 53-man active roster for Washington. Without having played since that fateful Nov. 18 game against the Houston Texans in 2018, La Canfora reported that Rivera's expectation is that Smith will start after practicing for a week or two more. 

The only caveats: Allen could continue to play if he plays at a "superior" level, or a setback from Smith. Still, with a start expected this month, the incredible comeback story could be completed sooner rather than later.