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Alex Smith throws first touchdown since leg injury, will start for Washington next week

Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith (11) in action during an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020 in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Daniel Kucin Jr.)
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About a month after making his first appearance in an NFL game following his horrific leg injury two years ago, Alex Smith checked into Sunday’s game for the Washington Football Team after starting quarterback Kyle Allen was carted off the field following his own leg injury.

Smith entered the game near the end of the first quarter, and on his first drive on the game, led Washington down the field for a field goal.

In his second game of the season, the former Utah quarterback and Heisman Trophy finalist was 24-for-32 (75%) with a touchdown pass and three interceptions. Smith was sacked three times and finished with a quarterback rating of 32.1 as Washington lost 23-20 to the New York Giants.

Down 23-10 entering the fourth quarter, Smith tried to lead a comeback attempt, leading Washington down the field for a field goal to start the quarter, cutting the Giants’ lead to 10. Smith’s first touchdown of his comeback came with 10 minutes left in the game as he threw a 68-yard touchdown pass to Terry McLaurin.

The comeback would fall short, though, with Smith throwing two interceptions on the two ensuing drives.

Smith will be the starting quarterback next week when Washington takes on Detroit next Sunday at 11 a.m. MST.