Alex Smith cleared for full football activity

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Finally, after a week under a storm cloud, Washington’s NFL franchise has received some good news.

Alex Smith‘s surgical team has cleared the veteran quarterback to return to full football activity, Stephania Bell of ESPN reports.

Smith fractured his tibia and fibula in 2018.

Smith has said he was “very much lucky to be alive” following an infection in his leg that turned septic. It necessitated an extended process aimed at saving his life and then saving his leg.

Although Smith always sought to come back, the former No. 1 overall choice admits he had his doubts it would happen.

He spent the past few months in Hawaii with his family, where he rehabbed and trained. He did not know how well his right leg was healing until another round of imaging upon his return to Washington.

“Everyone was in agreement that my bone was in a really good place,” Smith told ESPN while filming his E:60 documentary. “I had healed a lot. They said that given the combination of the rod and where I was with the healing process, I had zero limitations and could even resume some football activities.

“To hear them say that, from a life standpoint, they wouldn’t restrict me from doing anything — I could go skiing or snowboarding tomorrow if I wanted — then on top of that, to get the green light that I could practice, get contact, that I had healed up, that much was pretty wild to hear. I didn’t know if I would ever hear those words.”

Smith will undergo a team physical and COVID-19 testing Monday at the team facility.

Smith, 36, acknowledged this is only the first step in his return to the playing field.

“For me, all eyes are on practice,” Smith said. “That’s the next step. I have to go prove to myself and certainly to everybody else that I can go practice.”

A month after taking the head coaching job, Ron Rivera brought up Smith unsolicited to reporters, alluding to a possible quarterback competition with Dwayne Haskins. Now, possibly, Smith will get a chance to do just that.

52 responses to “Alex Smith cleared for full football activity

  1. Never, ever would have thought this possible. Remarkable. Applaud all the medical staff and Smith’s fortitude.

  2. Really not much more to probe as a baller and good dude, so think twice my man.

  3. I hope he’s fully recovered and can lead a normal life.

    Considering he’s been out 2 years, and will take a while to get into things can he really play in 2020?
    If he misses 3 years, then thats a lot of time.
    Good luck to him.

  4. Watched his recovery on ESPN earlier this year. Seemed like he went thru hell & back. I really would be hoping for him & his family that he makes it back to play. Good luck Alex!

  5. Glad to hear it. Even if he doesn’t make it back onto the field I am glad he’s physically capable. He’s one of the good guys in the game.

  6. This guy’s story is nothing short of phenomenal. What a truly incredible and inspiring human being. This Chiefs fan hopes he plays if that’s what he wants. He more than deserves it.

  7. Say what you will about him, but dude is a warrior at heart.
    I’ve neve been a pro athelete, so I can’t speak to his state of mind, but if I were him, I’d call it a day. then again, that’s what the difference between me and them. I post on the internet, he trains and balls out in rehab.

  8. Whether he plays another down matters little to me, he’s already won getting where he’s gotten.

  9. No matter if you like him as a player or not, this is the feel good story of the year.

    Good for you, Alex! I’m sure you worked your butt off. Congrats.

  10. If I ever get to see him step on to a field, I am going to cheer so hard. Just having him save his mobility is terrific, but if he could actually even take a hit and be okay? Have to think a ton of credit goes to his hard work and the support of his loved ones. Wonderful story.

  11. His injury I was scary. I am glad he’s back and hope he can be successful again.

  12. Alex you are a very lucky man and have a beautiful family to walk off into the sunset with. Also you could still be a part of football in coaching, please think long and hard before taking that field again my man. Good luck to you and God bless.

  13. He dodged a bullet, for sure. Washington also dodged 40 million dollars. They will NOT let him play this year. Covid is an easy excuse for not having time to prepare but if gets hurt again, Washington is back on the hook for his final two years.

    It’s a business. We keep hearing that. His rehab efforts cost him 40M. You know what? I wouldn’t give up a limb for 100M, so GOOD FOR HIM for trying as hard as he could and letting the chips fall where they fall. I’d force them to sit me. If they wanted me to play, I’d play. They said he was 100% but who doesn’t doubt that just a little bit?

    Him and Pennington, two of the best guys ever. Hoping he never limps again.

  14. That’s great news. That was a horrific injury, so I hope he walks away from the game. I am assuming he has to attempt to play to fulfill his contract obligations. Dan Snyder and coach Rivera need to give Smith a lot of leeway and avoid putting him at risk.

  15. Pretty amazing after seeing his leg in the ESPN documentary. Seems like a good dude, if the doctors clear him I hope he can play again.

  16. Good news in 2020? Great for him! This made me happy knowing what a hard go it has been for him.

  17. No way on earth he should ever suit up again. Ever… wait, maybe for a commercial or movie, but he should demand 3 stunt doubles.

  18. Wow, that was a devastating knee injury. Surprised that he is fully cleared, but I think I’m more shocked that he didn’t retire after the injury. Just shows how dedicated he is. Can’t help but to root for a player like him.

  19. Watched the documentary about his recovery. Absolutely amazing. I will never say anything questioning this man’s work ethic. Absolutely incredible that he is in a position it play again. Best of luck, Alex.

  20. Great news! It’d be an even better story if he could beat out Haskins for the QB job. At the very least , he’ll give it all he’s got and Haskins will be a better player for the competition.

  21. Alex Smith is a great human being. Dude is a class act, as a single father who has raised my daughter by himself since she was three months, this is the kind of guy you want your daughter to bring home.

    Never met him personally but know a handful of people in the Kansas City KS area that have done business with him and they have nothing but good things to say about him.

    I know the post will get some thumbs down, that is the nature of the game, but this guy about lost his lost his leg, lost his life, and even though it does not sound important compared to the others, his career, and never gave up regardless of what others had to say.

    This guy got completely SCREWED by a horribly ran 49er franchise to the point most QBs would have been run out of the league by the time Harbaugh showed up. THEN, he got screwed over again by the 9ers when he finally had a tad bit of stability.

    The guy came to Kansas City & completely turned the franchise around instantly. Of course Andy Reid played a gigantic roll in the turn around, however, Alex Smith was the QB1 that made the Chiefs the Chiefs they are today.

    Call him Captain Check-Down all you want, but like I said early, almost all QBs, even the supposed GOAT*, would have washed out of the league years ago had they been forced to walk in Alex Smith’s shoes.

  22. Early favorite for Comeback POY! He was always a good guy and an under appreciated player, so here’s hoping to a good season.

    From a purely football perspective, he is light years better than Haskins and I hope he gets a chance to compete!

  23. Watched his ESPN documentary twice. Spent a year rehabing three botched foot surgeries. Took a year, yet nothing like he went thru. To be able to get back to even getting cleared to play football is beyond what most normal people could or would do. Part of me says to enjoy getting your health back and move on. Yet another part of me says stick it to all those who doubted you ever making it back and get on the field and kick ass. One of my now all time favorites.

  24. Remarkable, and great news. I’ve always thought of him as one of the genuine good guys of the NFL, and a classy person. I hope he makes the right decision about playing or not.

  25. That documentary was hard to watch. Total respect to your whole family and medical team.

  26. Alex has been universally revered everywhere he has played — San Francisco, Kansas City, and Washington. He is a complete class act. If anyone deserved a miraculous comeback it was Alex. Godspeed young man.

  27. The Redski.., uh, Washington football team can get out of Smith’s contract after the 2020 season with only a $10.8m cap hit. Alex Smith is a good QB, but Haskins is the future. Let Smith backup up Haskins for a year and release him. What the WFT should do is hire him as a QB coach to help develop Haskins.

  28. Solid QB. Great comeback from a horrific injury. I wish him well. He probably beats out Haskins.

  29. It’s his body, his career, and his life, but there is more to life than football and money. He had to battle back hard to get where he is today, if I was him I would heed the warnings of possibly being snake bit, I wouldn’t tempt fate a second time. I wouldn’t risk life or limb for employment no matter how much I loved a job. He could always go the coaching route to stay within the football environment, he seems like a very good candidate to push and motivate younger players while knowing the other side of football that can take away from your life. Oh well, I hope it goes well for him whatever he decided to do from here on out.

  30. Good for him. I had the same injury in my left leg last October. 6 surgeries later I gave up and had the amputation. Glad his ended better

  31. Doesn’t get said much, but Alex played a huge role in getting the Chiefs to where their at now. Being a true leader and showing Mahomes how it’s done is exactly how other veteran QBs (and players of any position, honestly) should approach their craft once they start approaching the twilight of their careers. I hope Rivera does him right and gets him a chance, I’ll always be an Alex Smith fan

  32. Being cleared to play, and playing football are two completely different things. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if Smith never played another football game.

  33. Gutsy.

    Joe Theismann’s injury was probably worse, both equally horrific. Medical advances & evolution of rehabilitation most likely increased substantially between 1985 & today.

    But a guy still has to want to commit to the grind to come back like Smith has.

    He doesn’t have anything to prove to anyone, except possibly himself, and he’s the only person who has to live with his decisions.

  34. Getting back on the field is great, but do you really want to do it for Washington?

  35. I’ve always been an Alex Smith fan. And as a WFT fan, I was happy when we acquired him. I’m glad he has recovered.

    But if I’m Rivera, I don’t want him to be anywhere near the field in a real game. Why would you put him in that situation? I can’t see him being the same QB he once was. Plus, as others have said, he dodged a big bullet once already.

    However, he is invaluable as a mentor. He could be the 3rd stringer behind Haskins and Allen and teach them a lot…because they both obviously have a lot to learn.

  36. Imagine the unthinkable – when the world is gobbling up and spitting out the Redskins of yore – when Sniveling Snyder takes seemingly impossible steps to go from being the WORST owner in the NFL – to becoming an even worse owner

    Just imagine Alex Smith putting all of us on his back & delivering a Cinderella season in the midst of kaos

    After seeing that documentary – mad respect for Mr Smith – I think he CAN deliver if healthy

    As for Haskins – dude needs to go back to College – I know he cant – I have NEVER seen a QB so unready for the NFL, he has the mind of a child – and a SURE FIRE BUST

  37. Even coming off a devastating injury he won’t have any problem beating out Haskins.

  38. Bravo to the feel good story of this NFL season, but its time to turn a new page. In the new world of the Washington Football Team, youth needs to be served. Haskins or Bust.

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