Good news to report today: Redskins quarterback Alex Smith has officially shed his outer metal leg brace today.
Smith told Angie Goff of Fox 5 DC in mid-June that he only had to wear the metal cast for another four-to-six weeks. Now, we see that hold true as Smith’s wife posted a picture of Smith holding the metal cast that has helped heal his gruesome leg injury.
Smith is still a long way from total recovery as he needs to learn to jump, jog and run again before he even thinks about before stepping onto the field again. The Redskins signal caller has already made some steps in his rehab such as throwing and playing with his children.
Smith told Goff that he plans to get back on the field and play in the NFL again once his leg fully recovers.
“That’s the plan,” Smith told Angie Goff of Fox 5 DC on her youtube show in June. “Steps. I gotta conquer some more steps before I get there.”
Smith says that his rehab progression is ahead of schedule but he’s still a long way from being 100% healthy.
“I do stuff every week or two weeks with my therapist that definitely surprises me,” Smith told Goff. “Some times there are physical obstacles but most times they’re mental obstacles.”
Smith went down with the injury after being sacked by a Houston Texans player during the second half in a loss on Nov. 18. After having surgery on his leg he suffered a post-procedure infection in December.
After realizing that Smith is unlikely to ever play again and after an embarrassment of a start from Mark Sanchez and the ineffectiveness of Josh Johnson the Redskins brought in two new quarterbacks during the off-season via trade and the draft.
Case Keenum was acquired in March after having a down season in Denver just one season after he had a career year in Minnesota where he led the Vikings to the NFC Championship game.
Ohio State product Dwyane Haskins was drafted with the No. 15 overall pick during the 2019 NFL Draft and will become the franchise signal caller at some point during the next season. Colt McCoy remains on the roster as a third option to take snaps under center for the Redskins next season.
After Haskins was taken with the No. 15 overall pick it’s easy to see that the Redskins believe that Smith will likely never step foot on the field again.
Smith signed a four-year, $94 million extension in January 2018 after being acquired via trade. His deal includes $71 million in guaranteed money.
Even if Smith were to recover from the injury, he will likely have to play with another franchise in order for him to take a snap at the game’s highest level.