Smith looks to get Washington on track vs. Lions

Set to make his first NFL start since a leg injury that threatened his life nearly two years ago, Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith remains steadfast about his health and ability.”I get paid to play quarterback,” Smith said, “and I’m going to do whatever is asked of me.”Still in the division title hunt amid the parity of the NFC East, Washington (2-6) will look to Smith for leadership Sunday against the host Detroit Lions, who at 3-5 also are hoping to spark a rally during the second half of the season.Smith, 36, entered Washington’s Week 9 game against the visiting New York Giants after Kyle Allen suffered a dislocated ankle. Smith passed for 325 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in an eventual 23-20 loss, with his final pick coming during the closing minutes, thwarting a potential game-tying or winning drive.According to the Washington Post, Allen is set to travel to Green Bay, Wis., this week to have surgery with Dr. Robert Anderson on Friday.The result against the Giants notwithstanding, Smith showed marked improvement from a Week 5 appearance, when he passed for 37 yards on 2.2 yards per attempt in a loss to the Los Angeles Rams.”I wasn’t thinking about my foot out there, my leg,” Smith said. “Just playing. I feel more comfortable. … No question, I really felt good moving around. Making things happen and playing faster.”Detroit has lost two in a row as it searches for its first victory at Ford Field this season. The Lions are coming off last week’s 34-20 road loss to the Minnesota Vikings, a defensive debacle that saw them allow Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook to rush for 206 yards and two touchdowns on 9.4 yards per carry.Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins threw for 220 yards and three touchdowns while completing 65 percent of his passes.