While many believe Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith has played his last down of football, Smith himself is proving everyone wrong by showing that he's still working toward a return to the gridiron.
The 2005 No. 1 overall pick ended last season with a gruesome leg injury that rivaled that of Joe Theismann. Even after that, Smith was seen at Redskins OTAs tossing a ball around, which shows he's a lot farther along than most believed.
Alex Smith at day 3️⃣ of OTAs supporting his teammates. pic.twitter.com/vompSPRgxY— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) May 23, 2019
Even six months after the injury, Smith is still wearing an external fixator, indicating that he still has a way to go. Still, it's encouraging to see him out having fun on the football field.
#Redskins QB Alex Smith is still wearing an external fixator nearly six months since his leg injury. This is one guy I’ve been praying for constantly. ?? @wusa9 @WUSA9sports (? IG: @WillyPDcrealtor) pic.twitter.com/K084iZ2HZa— Darren M. Haynes (@DarrenMHaynes) May 17, 2019
While Smith's injury threw the Washington quarterback situation into disarray, the Redskins seemed to have fixed that for the next few years with the selection of Dwayne Haskins in the first round of the draft. He has stood out in OTAs.
"He reads defenses, and scans coverages and makes throws against what he sees quickly like an NFL veteran on his second contract. ...There are guys in the NFL who do not read defenses as well as Dwayne Haskins does." https://t.co/HAcKyJO5kr— Chris Lingebach (@ChrisLingebach) May 14, 2019
As unlikely as it may seem, everyone in the league is hoping Smith can recover from his injury and see the field once again.