Smith will start as WFT's Allen dislocates ankle

2:02 PM ET

LANDOVER, Md.– Alex Smith is back where he was two years ago before his gruesome leg injury: starting at quarterback for Washington.

Washington Football Team coach Ron Rivera said Smith will start next week at Detroit with Dwayne Haskins elevating to the No. 2 position after starter Kyle Allen injured his left ankle Sunday. According to a source, Allen dislocated the ankle and suffered a small fracture in Washington’s 23-20 loss to the New York Giants. Rivera would only say after the game that Allen dislocated the ankle but needed to speak more with the trainers.

It will be Smith’s first start since Nov. 18, 2018, when he suffered a broken fibula and tibia in his right leg. That’s why he empathized with Allen on Sunday.

“A ton of emotions going on for me right then,” Smith said. “I knew Kyle was down and knew it was serious once he stayed down. You get ready to roll and all of a sudden you see them bringing out an air cast and the cart. I know that routine well. I’m trying to lock it in, but feeling for Kyle.”

But, he said, he’s not

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