For the Washington Football Team to win the NFC East, the math is simple: Don’t get beat by the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football.
And Washington will get a big boost as quarterback Alex Smith and wide receiver Terry McLaurin are both active for the crucial Week 17 matchup.
Smith will be under center after he missed the past two weeks with a calf strain. He was replaced by Dwayne Haskins, who Washington would release on Monday. Taylor Heinicke will backup Smith on Sunday night.
But McLaurin’s return to the lineup could be an even bigger boost as he is Washington’s most explosive offensive player. Despite only recording, three touchdown catches in his second season, McLaurin is at 1078 yards to lead Washington.
Rookie running back Antonio Gibson will also be available for Ron Rivera; he missed Week 14 and 15 before returning the lineup last Sunday against Carolina. Gibson rushed for 61 yards on 10 carries and had eight yards on three catches.
McLaurin and Gibson are active despite not practicing at all this past week.
For the Eagles, quarterback Carson Wentz, who is the subject of trade rumors, is inactive. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported backup Nate Sudfeld could get extended action if there is a spot for him to play ahead of starter Jalen Hurts.
Washington Football Team Inactives for Week 17 vs. Eagles:
Linebacker Thomas Davis Sr.
WR Antonio Gandy-Golden
WR Robert Foster
RB Lamar Miller
LB Kevin Pierre-Louis
OT David Steinmetz
Philadelphia Eagles Inactives for Week 17:
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