Latest Alex Smith Injury News Means Tom Brady, Bucs Could Catch Big Break

It'll be Tom Brady vs. .... Taylor Heinicke


It sounds like Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers might be able to treat Saturday as more of a tune-up game than anything else.

The Bucs, who grabbed the top Wild Card spot in the NFL with an 11-5 record, will face the Washington Football Team, which snuck into the playoffs at 7-9 by virtue of winning the horrid NFC East.

WFT has leaned on Alex Smith at quarterback when he’s been healthy during the back half of the season, but he’s working through a calf issue ahead of Saturday’s game.

But according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, things are heading in the wrong direction with Smith’s calf.

Which means we might get Brady vs. Taylor Heinicke.

Since arriving in the NFL in 2015 as an undrafted free agent out of Old Dominion, Heinicke has appeared in eight games, starting one.


Heinicke and Brady actually shared a QB room for roughly two weeks when the WFT QB was on the Patriots’ practice squad in 2017.

This could be a bloodbath or an upset for the ages — and it feels like there is no in-between.

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