The major storyline surrounding the Washington Football Team this past week had to do with quarterback Kyle Allen being named the team's starter, as second-year passer and 2019 first-rounder Dwayne Haskins was relegated to the bench.
However, the bigger storyline in Washington's QB room was the promotion of Alex Smith to the team's backup role.
Sunday's matchup versus the Los Angeles Rams will mark the first time the 36-year-old suits up on game day since he suffered a gruesome, potentially life-threatening leg injury in November 2018 against the Texans. Smith is active on Sunday and one snap away from completing his remarkable comeback.
Haskins, on the other hand, will be inactive for just the second time in his NFL career. Haskins won't be present at the game, as he's been dealing with a stomach, non-COVID-19 related illness.
Washington's quarterback shakeup drew headlines this week, perhaps undermining the team's overall health concerns entering Week 5.
On the bright side, 2020 first-round pick Chase Young is active. Young strained his groin during Washington's Week 3 loss to Cleveland and has not played since. He entered the game questionable.
Two other Washington starters -- center Chase Roullier and guard Wes Schweitzer -- are also both active. Both offensive linemen were questionable entering the contest. With Brandon Scherff still on IR, Washington avoids disaster along their offensive line with both Rouiller and Schweitzer active.
Additionally, both Washington wideouts Terry McLaurin and Dontrelle Inman are healthy and ready to go after appearing on the injury report earlier this week. However, wideout Steven Sims will be sidelined for the next three weeks, as he was moved to IR dealing with his ongoing toe injury.
Here are the full inactives.
Washington vs. Los Angeles Week 5 inactives
Washington Football Team inactives:
QB Dwayne Haskins
CB Greg Stroman
TE Marcus Baugh
LB Jordan Norris
OT Saahdiq Charles
LB Cole Holcomb
Los Angeles Rams inactives:
OL Bobby Evans
LB Micah Kiser
RB Raymond Calais
WR Trishton Jackson
TE Brycen Hopkins