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Washington (7-9) hosts the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5) in the first round of the playoffs Saturday. Smith missed two games with a strained calf but returned to help Washington clinch the NFC East with a win over Philadelphia. But the calf injury limited Smith’s mobility.
If that happens Saturday, Rivera said the team will consider using two quarterbacks. That would mean alternating Smith with Taylor Heinicke, who was out of the league for nearly two years before Washington signed him to its practice squad on Dec. 8.
“We have to definitely look at that,” Rivera said. “The truth of the matter is we play a very aggressive defense this week; it’s something we most certainly have to look at.”
Tampa has blitzed 262 times, second most in the NFL behind Baltimore, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The Bucs have recorded 24 of their 48 sacks via blitzes, while also causing 10 of their 25 takeaways. They’ve also surrendered a league-high 14 touchdowns against the