Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith, who suffered a gruesome broken leg in the middle of a football game in 2018, has received clearance from his doctors to return to football, according to ESPN's Stephanie Bell.
It is anticipated that Smith will return to Washington's facility in Ashburn, Va on Monday to undergo a team physical and seek clearance from the team's own doctors.
"Everyone was in agreement that my bone was in a really good place," Smith told ESPN. "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."
The 36-year-old passer has been intensively rehabbing a tibia and fibula fracture and was featured in ESPN's E:60 'Project 11' documentary. ESPN reports that Smith has spent the past few months in Hawaii to continue his recovery and preparation for the 2020 season.
There were several hurdles to Smith's recovery, including a period of time where it was believed he was going to lose his leg. He faced numerous infections, underwent 17 surgeries, and the idea of getting on the gridiron again didn't seem possible.
Despite those hurdles, Smith remained steadfast in his goal of returning to the game.
He still admits that he is a long way away from being able to return to where he was pre-injury. Right now, it is just one step at a time and the next one for Smith is being able to attend, and participate in, practice.
"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."
The QB remains on Washington's roster and is set to earn $21.4 million this season, according to Spotrac. Smith will join second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins on the depth chart who Smith has helped mold and turn into the starter for the franchise.
For head coach Ron Rivera, he thinks that Smith has some things to work on before the team can even consider Smith a legitimate option on the field. Rivera's next step in the process is having Smith be able to show he can "protect himself" in live action.
If Smith can even hope to elevate to a point where he contends for the starting spot remains to be seen. But for now, he'll be a welcomed sight for all at training camp.
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