Alex Smith gave us a glimpse of how he’s doing in his recovery from a brutal broken leg suffered last year.
The Washington Redskins quarterback was filmed walking on FedExField prior to Monday night’s game against the Chicago Bears.
Smith is still moving slowly and not smoothly, but at least he did not need any aid to walk. He only had a brace removed from his leg in July. And this video shows how silly any thought of him being ready to play this season would have been.
Smith is 35 and made it sound recently like he is not 100 percent sure he will play again. The injury he suffered against the Houston Texans on Nov. 18 was horrific.
Alex Smith took a step toward recovering from his catastrophic leg injury with the removal of a brace on Monday.
Smith’s wife posted a picture to Instagram of the Washington Redskins quarterback holding up his complex leg brace, adding in a caption that it was a “big milestone” in his recovery.
The next step in Smith’s rehab is unclear. He has previously said that he is essentially having to relearn how to use his leg to run and move, which is a major obstacle for an NFL quarterback.
Smith suffered the gruesome leg injury last Nov. 18. He is hopeful of playing again, though almost certainly not in 2019, and his coach sounds optimistic that he will. He has a long way to go, though, and no guarantees.
Alex Smith is still working his way back from a devastating leg injury he suffered last season, and he is not expected to play at all in 2019. What happens beyond that remains uncertain, and Smith clearly is not taking anything for granted.
Smith opened up about his injury in an interview with FOX 5 DC’s Angie Goff, and he admitted he has a long way to go before he can think about playing football again. While he remains optimistic, he stopped short of saying with certainty that he will be back.
“That’s the plan. I’ve got to conquer some more steps before I get there — learn to run again, that was a big one,” Smith said. “But I’m already throwing. Throwing’s not a problem, but dropping, moving around, changing direction, all that kind of stuff.”
Smith said he is still working on “lifestyle steps” at the moment such as being able to play basketball with his kids and run around the yard. He then pointed to a device he has been wearing on his leg to help with the healing process.
“I’ve got this crazy contraption that nobody’s ever seen before on my leg that comes from, like, Siberia,” Smith added. “Believe it or not, it’s supposed to save my leg, save my bone, allow me to heal and walk again and hopefully play football again.”
Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden recently provided a much more optimistic outlook on Smith’s injury, but the former No. 1 overall pick sounds like he is trying to be realistic. Smith recently turned 35 and knows there are no guarantees, especially after such a gruesome 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.
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.
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10. Karl Joseph, S, Oakland Raiders
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10. Chase Daniel, Bears
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Alex Smith may not be able to play at any point in 2019 after he suffered a devastating knee injury last season, but the veteran quarterback is still making an effort to spend time with his teammates.
On Thursday, the Washington Redskins shared some photos of Smith at organized team activities. He chatted with teammates and coaches and even threw some passes, which was a welcome sight.
It’s possible that Smith will never play for Washington again after they drafted former Ohio State star quarterback Dwayne Haskins in the first round, and he obviously know that. Smith turned 35 this month, which means he’s entering the twilight of his career even without the questions surrounding his recovery from a horrific injury.
Smith being around the team is a good sign, and there have been reports that his injury is not considered career-threatening. Hopefully he’s able to play again in 2020, whether it’s in Washington or somewhere else.
It’s still unknown if Alex Smith will ever be able to play football again. For now, it simply appears that he won’t play in 2019.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Washington Redskins do not expect their quarterback to be able to play in 2019 after breaking his leg last season, and are proceeding under the assumption that he will miss the entire season.
While disappointing, this news can’t come as a huge surprise. Smith’s leg injury and subsequent infection were so severe that his career appeared threatened, though more recent news has been a bit more optimistic on that front. In the meantime, Washington may want to scout out some short-term options to fill in for Smith, or they could simply go with Colt McCoy for 2019 and see where it takes them.
The Washington Redskins will have an uncertain quarterback situation heading into the offseason after Alex Smith suffered a gruesome leg injury earlier this year, and head coach Jay Gruden can only hope for the best.
While speaking with reporters on Monday, Gruden was asked for an update on Smith’s condition in the wake of the multiple surgeries the veteran reportedly had to undergo.
Smith suffered a spiral fracture in his leg during a game against the Houston Texans last month, and he reportedly had issues with infection while in the hospital. The infections complicated his recovery and led to speculation that he may never play football again, but a more recent report indicated he should be able to fully recover.
At the very least, Gruden does not seem certain of if or when Smith will return.
Alex Smith was finally released from the hospital over the weekend after dealing with infections in his surgically repaired leg, and the quarterback’s wife took to social media on Sunday to thank fans and the Washington Redskins organization for their support.
Smith’s family had previously asked for privacy while he was recovering, but his wife said in an Instagram post that the past several weeks have been a “difficult ride.”
Smith suffered a gruesome compound fracture in his leg during a loss to the Houston Texans last month, and he is facing a lengthy rehab. He dealt with infections that complicated his recovery and led to questions about whether he would ever play in the NFL again, but the latest report sounded more optimistic.
The Redskins signed Smith to a multi-year deal last offseason that includes $71 million guaranteed, so they are hoping he can make a full recovery and continue to be their starting quarterback going forward.