Everyone in Washington and probably across the country was very nervous for Alex Smith to return to the football field, and the fear stemmed from his ability to take a big hit again.
Well, everyone except for Smith, who got sacked six times on Sunday.
"The first one felt good. it was nice to know that you're fine," Smith said after the game. "Going out there, it was nice to get the cobwebs off, so to speak."
It's been nearly two years since Smith suffered a compound fracture to his right tibia and fibula. The injury required 17 surgeries to overcome and he dealt with infections and significant setbacks in his recovery, but still, he made it all the way back to the playing field.
It's a remarkable story, but still might not be as crazy as Smith actually enjoying the first hit. Here's the play:
Smith really took a pounding in the second half of Washington's 30-10 loss to the Rams. For the game he only completed nine of 17 passes for 37 yards as the Los Angeles defense completely stymied the Washington offense.
Smith might have liked the first hit, getting it out of the way and all, but by the fifth or sixth, it couldn't have been much fun.