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Documentary provides look into how horrifying Alex Smith’s leg injury was

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Alex Smith has had numerous complications since he suffered a compound fracture in his leg back in 2018, but most people don’t realize just how difficult the road to recovery has been for the veteran quarterback. An upcoming documentary will give us a better — albeit terrifying — understanding of that.

ESPN’s “Project 11,” which will air on May 1, provides a detailed look at the gruesome injury Smith suffered while playing for the Washington Redskins two seasons ago. Smith’s doctors describe the injury as “warlike” in the documentary, and you’ll understand why when you see some of the footage of his leg. The clip below shows Smith explaining the origin behind some of his scars:

There’s content in the documentary that is far more gruesome, such as an image that shows Smith’s leg when he developed an infection four days after the injury. We won’t feature it, but you can see it here.

Reports in the weeks following Smith’s injury indicated his career was in jeopardy, and now we see why. His injury was as bad as it gets, but the horrific details we heard previously are hard to grasp until you see the actual carnage.


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