SALT LAKE CITY– Former University of Utah star quarterback Alex Smith on Saturday took another big action in his quest to play in the NFL once again, as he was formally called to the Washington Football Team’s preliminary 53-man active lineup.

Smith has actually not played because November of 2018 after sustaining a leg injury, problems of which almost resulted in amputation, but he was called to the active roster together with other Washington quarterbacks Dwayne Haskins– the team’s starter– and Kyle Allen.

ESPN’s John Keim reported Sunday that Smith will likely be third on the depth chart behind Haskins and Allen at least initially, implying he would be inactive during the season.

” He was really passionate about wishing to play once again,” Keim priced quote Washington head coach Ron Rivera as saying, “really passionate about making this group. That stood apart to me. Mentally, I believe he was past the obstacle.”

Smith was cleared for complete contact in July and removed from the physically unable to perform list on Aug. 16, but Keim wrote Sunday that there was uncertainty he would have the ability to make the group, including from Rivera.

The 36-year-old Smith has played 13 seasons in the NFL after being drafted first general out of Utah by the San Francisco 49ers in 2005.