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Ron Rivera has surprising stance on Alex Smith for Week 1

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Alex Smith’s remarkable comeback story may not be complete yet, but it took another big step when he made Washington’s 53-man roster Saturday.

Coach Ron Rivera revealed the thinking that went into the decision. He even said that, if he had to, he could feel comfortable playing Smith in Week 1.

There’s a big difference between being comfortable doing it and actually doing it. Dwayne Haskins will be the team’s starter unless he gets hurt within the next week.

Still, Smith’s story is remarkable. You can tell it means a lot to him, too. Maybe there’s a chance he gets into a game at some point in 2020.

Joe Theismann had awesome reaction to Alex Smith being cleared to practice

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Few know what Washington quarterback Alex Smith has gone through like Joe Theismann does.

Theismann infamously broke his leg in a 1985 game while playing for Washington, suffering the same injury Smith did in November 2018. While Theismann was never able to resume his NFL career, he’s openly living through Smith as the current Washington quarterback tries to play again.

“Heck yeah!” Theismann told John Keim of ESPN in response to Smith being activated from the physically unable to perform list. “Go, Alex, go.”

Theismann noted that Smith has “gone through a lot more than I had to go through” in recovering from the broken leg. He’s right about that, as Smith required 17 surgeries and was in danger of needing his leg amputated above the knee at one point.

The 36-year-old Smith last played in 2018. He still has a lot of work to do, but Washington will let him compete for a starting job, which is a remarkable story in itself. Theismann will be rooting him on all the way.

Video: Alex Smith practices for first time in nearly two years

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Alex Smith was officially activated from the physically unable to perform list on Sunday, and having him on the practice field must have been a welcome sight for his Washington teammates.

Washington shared a short video on Twitter that showed Smith throwing some passes in a helmet. It may not have seemed like much, but every milestone for Smith is a huge one considering the devastating leg injury he suffered in November 2018.

Smith suffered a tibia and fibula fracture during Washington’s loss to Houston on Nov. 18, 2018. Not only was he carted off the field after having his leg broken, but he suffered a spiral fracture that caused more complications. Smith had a serious infection that threatened his career on top of that.

Washington head coach Ron Rivera said recently that Smith will be competing for a starting job when cleared, so there’s definitely a chance we see the 36-year-old under center at some point during the regular season. You can understand why Smith’s family celebrated the way they did this weekend.

Video: Alex Smith celebrates news of activation off PUP list

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Alex Smith has reached a major milestone in his recovery from his broken leg.

The Washington quarterback is expected to be activated on Sunday off the physically unable to perform list. His family celebrated the news by popping a bottle of bubbly and with a cake. Smith’s wife shared the videos and photo on Instagram Saturday.

Smith suffered a tibia and fibula fracture during Washington’s loss to Houston on Nov. 18, 2018. Not only was he carted off the field after having his leg broken, but he suffered a spiral fracture that caused more complications. On top of all that, Smith had a serious infection that threatened his career.

Washington has 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins and added Kyle Allen this offseason. New Washington head coach Ron Rivera has said that Smith will have a chance to compete for the starting job once he is cleared.

Ron Rivera says Alex Smith will compete for starting job if cleared

Alex Smith is still making his way back from the devastating leg injury he suffered nearly two years ago, and he could return to the practice field with his teammates soon. If he does, Washington head coach Ron Rivera says Smith will be competing for a starting job.

Smith was placed on the active/PUP list to starting training camp despite being fully cleared last month to resume all football activities. Players can be removed from the active/PUP list at any time during training camp and the preseason. If that happens with Smith, Rivera says the 36-year-old will be “in the throes of this competition.”

Former Ohio State star and last year’s No. 15 overall pick Dwayne Haskins is still the favorite to earn the starting job. Kyle Allen, who played for Rivera with the Carolina Panthers, will also be in the mix.

Washington is going to take it slow with Smith, and it’s possible he could begin the season on the PUP list. That would rule him out for at least the first six weeks of the season, at which point Rivera could evaluate the quarterback situation and see if Haskins or Allen has done enough to seize the starting job.

Smith suffered a tibia and fibula fracture during Washington’s loss to Houston on Nov. 18, 2018. Not only was he carted off the field after having his leg broken, but he suffered a spiral fracture that caused more complications. On top of all that, Smith had a serious infection that threatened his career. The fact that Rivera is talking about him potentially competing for a starting job is remarkable given all that happened.

Alex Smith likely to begin training camp on active/PUP list

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Alex Smith reached a major milestone recently when doctors cleared him to resume all football activities, but the Washington quarterback is not returning to the practice field with his teammates just yet.

Smith is expected to begin training camp on the active/PUP list, according to Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. That means he will be able to take part in team meetings and be around the facilities but cannot practice.

Players who are placed on the physically unable to perform list before or during training camp can be removed at any time. If Washington decides to place Smith on the reserve/PUP list for Week 1, he then must sit out at least the first six weeks of the season.

The fact that Smith has been cleared for football activities is remarkable in and of itself. The 36-year-old suffered a tibia and fibula fracture during Washington’s loss to Houston on Nov. 18, 2018. Not only was he carted off the field after having his leg broken, but he suffered a spiral fracture that caused more complications. On top of all that, Smith had a serious infection that threatened his career.

While Washington is committed to Dwayne Haskins as its starter, having Smith in the mix could be valuable for them.

Alex Smith hits major milestone in recovery from devastating leg injury

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Alex Smith has hit a major milestone in his recovery from a devastating leg injury.

Smith suffered a tibia and fibula fracture during Washington’s loss to Houston on Nov. 18, 2018. Not only was he carted off the field after having his leg broken, but he suffered a spiral fracture that caused more complications. On top of all that, Smith had a serious infection that threatened his career.

Despite everything, the 36-year-old has been cleared to resume football activities. In fact, ESPN reports that Smith will report to the team’s facility on Monday and undergo a physical.

Smith told ESPN he spoke with his doctors, who told him he had “zero limitations” based on the healing, which allows him to resume some football activities.

Smith was in his first season with Washington when he got hurt after being acquired in a trade with Kansas City as a replacement for Kirk Cousins. Now, Washington has Dwayne Haskins to develop at quarterback, with Kyle Allen behind him. Having Smith be part of that group will likely be a welcomed sight for Washington.

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.

Alex Smith recalls life-threatening infection following broken leg

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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

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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.