Alex Smith (calf) upgraded as Washington prepares for Buccaneers

Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith (calf) has been upgraded to a limited practice participant for Saturday's Wild Card game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

What It Means:

Smith was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice after sitting out Tuesday. Washington head coach Ron Rivera has already said that Taylor Heinicke may need to be involved versus an aggressive Buccaneers defense if Smith is impeded by his calf injury. The veteran quarterback completed 22-of-32 passes for 162 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions in Week 17 against an inanimate Philadelphia Eagles team.

Smith is the last-ranked starting quarterback in numberFire's weekly fantasy rankings for the Wild Card round and has a salary of $6,500 on FanDuel's Saturday slate. The Buccaneers blitzed at the fifth-highest rate during the regular season (39.0 percent) and finished with the seventh-best pass defense in numberFire's scheduled-adjusted rankings.