Oct 3, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Washington Football Team wide receiver Terry McLaurin (17) celebrates after a touchdown catch against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

WFT’s Terry McLaurin, Antonio Gibson active vs. Chiefs

Washington Football Team wide receiver Terry McLaurin and running back Antonio Gibson are active for Sunday’s game against the visiting Kansas City Chiefs.

McLaurin’s availability was in question after he sat out Friday’s practice with a hamstring injury. He leads the team in catches (29), receiving yards (400) and receiving touchdowns (three) this season.

Gibson, who was listed as questionable due to a calf injury, has rushed 79 times for 313 yards and three touchdowns for Washington (2-3).

While McLaurin and Gibson are set to play on Sunday, wide receivers Curtis Samuel (ankle) and Cam Sims (hamstring), offensive lineman Brandon Scherff (knee) and Sam Cosmi (ankle), tight end Jace Sternberger and cornerback Corn Elder were ruled as inactive for the contest.

Guard Wes Schweitzer and tackle Cornelius Lucas are expected to draw the start on the right side of the line for Washington.

Defensive end Chris Jones, cornerback Charvarius Ward, tight end Blake Bell and offensive linemen Austin Blythe, Prince Tega Wanogho and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif have been ruled inactive for the Chiefs (2-3).

–Field Level Media

Dec 7, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith (11) during a time-out against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field.  Washington won 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Washington QB Smith practices, questionable vs. Panthers

Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith was listed as a full participant in practice on Friday.

The designation is seen as progress for Smith, who has been sidelined since injuring his right calf in Washington’s 23-15 victory over San Francisco on Dec. 13.

It is not known whether Smith or Dwayne Haskins will be under center for Washington (6-8) on Sunday against the visiting Carolina Panthers (4-10).

Smith, 36, is 4-1 since taking over as the starter in Week 10. After missing all of 2019 recovering from a leg injury and a life-threatening infection, he has completed 66.4 percent of his passes for 1,420 yards with four touchdowns and six picks in seven appearances this season.

Haskins, the No. 15 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, completed 38 of 55 passes for 295 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in the 20-15 home loss to Seattle.

In six games (five starts) this season, Haskins has completed 62.9 percent of his passes for 1,285 yards with five TDs and five picks.

While Smith was listed as questionable to face the Panthers, wide receiver Terry McLaurin is considered doubtful after missing his third straight practice on Friday with an ankle injury.

Running back Antonio Gibson is listed as questionable after missing the last two games with a toe injury.

Washington holds a one-game lead in the NFC East over the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys.

–Field Level Media

Sep 20, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Washington Football Team wide receiver Terry McLaurin (17) is tackled by Arizona Cardinals linebacker Jordan Hicks (58) at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Washington’s Young out, McLaurin questionable vs. Ravens

Washington Football Team rookie defensive end Chase Young has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Coach Ron Rivera said that Young is “day-to-day” with the groin injury he sustained during last Sunday’s 34-20 loss to Cleveland.

Young, the second overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, has collected eight tackles and 2.5 sacks in three games for Washington.

Wide receiver Terry McLaurin is listed as questionable for the contest versus Baltimore (2-1) after sitting out practice on Friday. He injured his thigh during the previous day’s practice.

McLaurin, 25, leads the team in receptions (16) and receiving yards (269). He also has a touchdown catch for Washington (1-2), which will look to snap a two-game skid on Sunday.

Should McLaurin sit out on Sunday, Washington could look to tight end Logan Thomas (12 catches, 94 yards, one touchdown) or Dontrelle Inman (seven receptions, 76 yards, two scores) to aid its passing game.

Also on Friday, Washington placed running back Bryce Love on injured reserve. Love has experienced swelling in his knee as he works to return since tearing his ACL in his final collegiate game in December 2018.

“It’s probably from overuse,” Rivera said. “He’s got some issues with (his knee), so we decided to IR him and put him down so he can rest it and get that swelling down.”

Rivera added that he hopes Love will only be out 3-4 weeks (new injured reserve rules allow players to come off the list after three weeks) and, when asked whether the injury was considered season-ending, said, “No. Not at all.”

–Field Level Media