Jay Gruden says Alex Smith could return sooner than expected from leg injury
There have been questions about whether or not Alex Smith will ever play football again following the gruesome leg injury he suffered last season, but Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden provided a positive update on the quarterback’s health at the start of minicamp on Tuesday.
Gruden told reporters that Smith is “recovering nicely” from the broken tibia and fibula he suffered last November. He also said the 35-year-old could return to action sooner than people expect.
Gruden says Alex Smith is “recovering nicely”. Calls it a pretty lengthy process but thinks Smith will be back sooner than people think. Can he throw the football as seen in recent photo? Gruden smiles and cracks: “He can play catch.”
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) June 4, 2019
It’s unclear exactly what that means. While there have been reports that Smith’s injury is not career-threatening, it would be a surprise if he plays at all in 2019. Perhaps Gruden is optimistic Smith will be able to get back to some actual football drills before the end of the season.
Given his age and how horrific the injury was, no outcome for Smith should be ruled out. Hopefully his recovery continues on the right path.