PUPAlex Smith
QB WAS (8)
Mon 8/10/20 9:28 AM2 Comments

Coach Ron Rivera believes Smith (leg) could enter the Washington Football Team's quarterback competition, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports. "If Alex is healthy and continues to get healthy and we do activate him, he's going to be in the throes of this competition," Rivera said. "It's going to unfold, I think, very nicely for us as a football team."

EDGE Analysis

The idea of Smith playing in 2020 has largely been described as a long shot, but Rivera seems to be treating it as a real possibility, and recent reports suggest the 36-year-old has looked good during on-field workouts. The veteran quarterback missed all of last year while rehabbing from a severe injury, one that nearly caused him to lose his right leg. Most discussion of the Washington QB spot has pegged Dwayne Haskins as a strong favorite for the starting job, but with Kyle Allen having a chance to make his push during training camp. It now seems Smith could enter the mix if he's removed from the PUP list within the next week or two.

PUPAlex Smith
QB WAS (8)
Sun 8/2/20 2:30 PM

Smith (leg) recently impressed during four straight days of on-field workouts with Washington's training staff, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.

EDGE Analysis

Smith was medically cleared by Washington's surgical staff early last week, but his subsequent placement on the PUP list meant he can't practice. No matter, he clearly has been able to get in some on-field work as he continues his recovery from a gruesome leg injury and ensuing bouts with infection. There's no telling when (or if) Smith will make it all the way back, but he seems to be putting himself in a position to return to the regular-season roster. In the meantime, quarterback will be manned by some combination of 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins and Kyle Allen in the nation's capital.

PUPAlex Smith
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Mon 7/27/20 10:42 AM

Smith (leg) was placed on the PUP list Monday morning, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Players on the PUP list aren't eligible to practice but can be removed from the list at any time before the start of the regular season. Any player who remains on the list for Week 1 will be automatically held out for the first six weeks, a fate that wouldn't come as any surprise for Smith as he continues to work his way back from the gruesome leg injury he suffered in November 2018. While the 36-year-old still seems to be targeting a return to football, the discussion surrounding Washington's QB room for 2020 has focused on Dwayne Haskins and Kyle Allen.

PUPAlex Smith
QB WAS (8)
Fri 7/24/20 8:49 PM

Smith (leg) is scheduled to have his physical with Washington's team doctors Monday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

According to Stephania Bell of ESPN, Smith has already been cleared by his surgical team for full football activity, so it looks like he will be ready to move ahead in that process if he passes his physical. The news is pretty remarkable considering how serious of an injury he sustained back in Week 11 of 2018. He suffered a compound fracture of his right tibia and a fractured right fibula, which resulted in him at one point deliberating whether or not to have his leg amputated due to the severity of an ensuing infection. The veteran signal-caller has remained intent on playing again, but at 36 years old and coming off such a serious injury, it remains unclear if that will be a possibility. Second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins is the presumed starter going into the season at this point, while Kyle Allen and Steven Montez are both on the depth chart as well.

PUPAlex Smith
QB WAS (8)
Sat 2/1/20 10:35 AM

Smith suggested in an ESPN Outside the Lines report that he is "very much lucky to be alive."

EDGE Analysis

Smith underwent multiple surgeries after suffering a compound fracture of his right tibia and a fractured right fibula in a 2018 Week 11 contest against the Texans, at one point deliberating whether or not he might need to have his leg amputated due to the severity of the ensuing infection. While the veteran signal caller was able to persevere through the scary circumstances, Smith is intent on playing again in the NFL, and considering the quarterback resumed throwing last October, it's entirely possible the 35-year-old could make his return sometime in 2020.

PUPAlex Smith
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Mon 12/30/19 3:35 PM

Smith (leg) remains focused on resuming his football career, denying rumors that he's interested in accepting a front office position, Craig Hoffman of 106.7 The Fan Washington reports.

EDGE Analysis

Smith resumed throwing in October, slowly working his way back from the devastating injury he suffered Week 11 of 2018. He still doesn't have any idea about a rehab timeline, noting that the unique nature of his injury makes it difficult to come up with an estimate. It isn't clear if the 35-year-old ultimately will be able to continue his football career, nor is it clear that he'll be anything approaching his old self if he does eventually gain medical clearance to play. Either way, Washington will move forward with the expectation of Dwayne Haskins (knee) getting the Week 1 start in 2020.

PUPAlex Smith
QB WAS (8)
Wed 10/16/19 10:16 AM

Smith (leg) threw passes Monday on the field, Ben Standig and Rhiannon Walker of The Athletic report.

EDGE Analysis

Smith worked on his dropback and threw a variety of routes, wearing a T-shirt and shorts while donning a compression sleeve over his surgically repaired right leg. He hopes to return to football in 2020, though he's acknowledged the possibility of his severe injury forcing him into retirement. The 35-year-old recently revealed that he had 17 operations on his leg, which was stabilized by an external fixator until nearly eight months after the initial injury, according to Thom Loverro of The Washington Times. It isn't clear how Smith would fit in with the Redskins if/when he's able to continue his NFL career.

PUPAlex Smith
QB WAS (8)
Wed 7/24/19 4:32 PM

Washington placed Smith (leg) on the PUP list Wednesday, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.

EDGE Analysis

Smith is expected to miss the entire 2019 season and will eventually be moved to injured reserve. He still hopes to play football again, but it won't happen any sooner than 2020.

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QB WAS (8)
Mon 7/15/19 2:07 PM

Smith recently had the external fixator removed from his broken leg, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Nearly eight months after he suffered his devastating injury, Smith finally is able to shed the device that allowed his leg to heal properly. He won't be ready for football in 2019, but he's been clear about his desire to eventually resume playing. Meanwhile, Washington is set to host a three-way quarterback battle between Case Keenum, Dwayne Haskins and Colt McCoy (leg).

PUPAlex Smith
QB WAS (8)
Fri 6/21/19 9:40 AM2 Comments

Smith (leg) told Angie Goff of FOX5 DC that he plans to resume his football career.

EDGE Analysis

Smith hopes to have the external fixture on his leg removed by the end of July, at which point he could start jogging and doing some other light activity. He won't be ready to play during the upcoming season, but he conceivably could make it back for 2020. The 35-year-old quarterback is signed through 2022, with his base salaries guaranteed for the next two years. Case Keenum, Dwayne Haskins and Colt McCoy (leg) will compete for the starting job in Washington this season.