Alex Smith is "well on his way to a recovery," Bruce Allen told reporters at the Senior Bowl. When that recovery ultimately happens, though, remains unclear.
"We'll see where it goes," Allen said in his first session with the media in quite some time. "We're optimistic. If anyone can come back, it's Alex."
"I appreciate the love and the care, that all of our fans have reached out to him," he added. "It's a tough thing for him and his family, but all the love and the care have helped him quite a bit."
Smith, who's a little more than two months past his devastating leg injury, was seen at Monday's Wizards game at Capital One Arena. He also hung out in the Wizards' locker room, using crutches to get around. He was wearing an external fixator on his right leg.
The fact that Smith was able to be out in public was encouraging from a human perspective. From a football perspective, however, it brought about additional concern regarding his future in the NFL.
But that doubt isn't forcing the 'Skins to make acquiring a signal caller a primary task in the coming months, according to Allen.
"We prioritize every position on the team and we'll see what we get in free agency and the draft," the team president said. "We don't have to make that decision right now."
Colt McCoy is one in-house option for the Burgundy and Gold, and he'll be healthy enough to participate in the offseason programs, per Allen. McCoy broke his leg a few weeks after Smith, but his break was much less severe.
In looking back on the trade to get Smith from the Chiefs last January, Allen referred to it as a "no-brainer" and recalled that all decision makers were "unanimous" in their interest in Smith.
Yet, while it's wholly unfair to criticize the trade now considering how unexpected last season's events were, Smith's health has put the Redskins in a very difficult spot.
The main thing off the field, of course, is hoping and ensuring that he's able to live his life how he wants to.
On the field, meanwhile, the Redskins need to do something under center. Allen can say that every position is of equal priority, but the simple truth is that this franchise's every step will be tied to Smith's injury as well as finding a new option as long as he's sidelined.
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Arena Football is officially expanding to Atlantic City N.J., the League announced Tuesday.
The expansion franchise, owned by Ted Leonsis' Monumental Sports & Entertainment, expected to be placed at the historic Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall, will begin its inaugural season in April.
Sports gambling's recent emergence has to be appealing to this venue and location for obvious reasons. Seven casinos now have sports books on their properties. DraftKings, an Arena League partner, operates one at Resorts Casino Hotel.
“We are thrilled that Atlantic City will be the next great arena football town,” said Leonsis in an official release. “Arena Football is a game that’s tailor-made for an integrated sports betting experience, and Atlantic City is a perfect fit to help realize our vision for the AFL as the next frontier in sports betting and gaming.
“We are excited about this announcement and about future expansion of the league to come.”
Atlantic City is now the fifth active franchise in the Arena League, joining the Phialdelphia Soul, Albany (New York) Empire and the MSE-owned Baltimore Brigade and Washington Valor.
Fans are invited to submit team name ideas at AtlanticCityAFL.com. The final choices will then be available for a fan vote at a later date.
The reigning champion Washington Valor greeted the brand new team shortly after the announcement.
The 2019 regular season schedule will feature 12 games. Atlantic City is in the process of searching for its first head coach.