News shook the entire NFL community Friday evening when Washington Football QB Alex Smith was cleared to resume football activities per his personal doctors.
Smith, who held a 6-4 record when healthy and was leading the then-Redskins atop the NFC East, suffered a gruesome broken leg in the middle of a football game in 2018.
Although cleared, NBC Sports Washington's Brian Mitchell believes Dwayne Haskins is still the future.
"I'm excited about Dwayne Haskins," Mitchell said. "I think Haskins has taken the necessary steps to make himself a pro-ready quarterback. He's lost weight, he's taken initiative to become more of a leader. So I still think Dwayne is the future."
"When you look at the fact that Alex's contract takes him to the end of next year, you have to start thinking about those things too," Mitchell said. "Ultimately, if he can get back to what he once was it's a plus, but if he doesn't are you going to play a game or move forward with the young man?"
Mitchell also went on to speak about the distinction between Smith being cleared to play by his personal doctors and not the Washington Football Team doctors — there's a vast difference between the two.
"[Alex] Smith has been cleared by his personal doctors to play but he still has to be cleared by the Washington Football Team to play," Mitchell said. "We have to see if Smith cans till go out there, knowing what he's been through and still have the mental capacity to compete."
"And people may not want to hear this, but he's now going to be tested on the football field."
In an interview with ESPN's Stephanie Bell, Smith said he has his eyes are on practice and the ability to put the NFL on notice once again.
"For me, all eyes are on practice," Smith told ESPN. "That's the next step. I have to go prove to myself and certainly to everybody else that I can go practice."
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