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Alex Smith recalls life-threatening infection following broken leg

Alex Smith

It was no secret that Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith suffered severe complications stemming from his Nov. 2018 leg injury. Only now, however, are we learning how close Smith came not just to losing his career, but losing his life.

In an interview with Jeremy Schapp for ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” Smith detailed having to decide on whether to try to save his leg after battling sepsis as a result of the leg break, adding that he was “very much lucky to be alive.”

Smith had a compound fracture, which opened the door to infection. When he contracted sepsis, he was heavily sedated as doctors tried to save his life. Weeks later, he was forced to make a decision on whether he wanted doctors to try to save his leg.

“Next thing I remember is waking up several weeks later faced with the decision of amputation or limb salvage at that point,” Smith said, via Stephania Bell of ESPN.

Smith’s leg was saved, and several surgeries later, he is doing much better. The quarterback is prepared to at least try to mount an NFL comeback.

“There’s enough there that I can go out there and play,” Smith said. “Knowing that, yeah, failure is a possibility … I need to prove that I can come back and play quarterback in the NFL, and if I can do that, that would be great and it’ll get figured out.”

Smith has clearly made incredible progress roughly 20 months after the injury. Given all that he went through, the fact that he can even think about returning to the NFL is a miracle. Even if he doesn’t make it back all the way, he should be able to live a fairly normal life. Considering the near-death experience he went through, that’s worth applauding.

Alex Smith’s wife shares video of QB’s progress from leg injury a year later

Alex Smith

Exactly one year ago on November 18, Alex Smith suffered a nasty broken leg in his Washington Redskins’ game against the Houston Texans. The injury was severe, as some horrific details from the incident showed.

Beyond the broken bones from a spiral fracture, Smith also was treated for an infection. All together, he ended up undergoing an astounding 17 surgeries.

The quarterback has overcome a lot and is able to run and carry weights, even though the injury caused him to miss all of the 2019 season on top of the remainder of the 2018 season.

Smith’s wife Liz shared a video on Instagram Monday that showed how far the quarterback has come from his injury. Take a look:

Smith still has three years left on his contract. Washington drafted Dwayne Haskins in the first round this year, and added Case Keenum on top of a group that also includes Colt McCoy. They have prepared for a future that may not include Smith, even though he appears to be doing what he can to see if he can continue his playing career.

Watch: Recovering from broken leg, Alex Smith walks on field before Redskins game

Alex Smith

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 has leg brace removed eight months after injury

Alex Smith

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 does not sound certain he will play football again

Alex Smith

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.

Jay Gruden says Alex Smith could return sooner than expected from leg injury

Alex Smith

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.

10 NFL players whose jobs are in jeopardy

Eli Manning

The NFL is a business — a sometimes ruthless business — and things can change overnight. For most players, the presence of another player at their position is a signal that rough seas could lay ahead, which is what makes the NFL Draft both exciting and stressful for some.

If free agency doesn’t lead to job changes, the draft often does. Here’s a look at 10 other players who find their jobs in jeopardy.

10. Karl Joseph, S, Oakland Raiders

The Raiders did not pick up the fifth-year option on former first-round pick Karl Joseph, which is a potential sign of things to come. The team also inked fellow safety Lamarcus Joyner to a four-year, $42 million deal before selecting Alabama’s Johnathan Abram in the first round of the draft, leaving very little room at a suddenly crowded position. Not only would that series of moves seems to indicate Joseph’s job is on the line, but it could very well indicate that his career in Oakland is on the line.