DAlex Smith
QB WAS (10)
2 months ago

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.

DAlex Smith
QB WAS (10)
3 months ago

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.

DAlex Smith
QB WAS (10)
6 months ago

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.

DAlex Smith
QB WAS (10)
8 months ago

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.

DAlex Smith
QB WAS (10)
9 months ago

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).

DAlex Smith
QB WAS (10)
9 months ago2 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.

DAlex Smith
QB WAS (10)
10 months ago

Coach Jay Gruden relayed Wednesday that Smith (lower leg) should be able to remove his fixator cast in around a month, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.

EDGE Analysis

While the development amounts to progress for Smith, he's still expected to sit out the 2019 campaign after suffering a gruesome leg injury in Week 11 of last season. Smith was at least spotted walking outside Wednesday and should gradually increase his activity in the ensuing months. Washington traded for Case Keenum and invested a first-round pick into Dwayne Haskins this offseason, leaving Smith's long-term status with the team in question.

DAlex Smith
QB WAS (10)
1 year ago

The Redskins reportedly aren't planning on Smith (lower leg) taking the field in 2019, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Redskins have yet to make an official statement, but it's not at all surprising the team would take a cautious mindset with Smith still early on in his recovery. The veteran quarterback was recently seen utilizing crutches and sporting a sizable brace in the wake of multiple surgeries to repair a broken fibula and tibula in his right leg, as well as a subsequent infection that caused additional complications. The Redskins seem likely to utilize the draft or free agency to bring some more stability to their quarterback situation.

DAlex Smith
QB WAS (10)
1 year ago

Smith was spotted in Washington on Monday donning a sizable brace on his surgically repaired right leg, Ben Standig of NBC Sports Washington reports.

EDGE Analysis

Smith was in attendance for the NBA's Washington Wizards' home game and required the assistance of crutches to move about the arena. It's not surprising that Smith isn't able to walk on his own yet after he required multiple surgeries to repair a broken fibula and tibia. He also experienced additional complications when the surgeries resulted in an infection, which further clouds Smith's chances of playing in 2019. At this point, Washington hasn't ruled Smith out for the upcoming season, but expect the team to address their quarterback room through the draft or free agency in the months to come if for no other reason than insurance.

DAlex Smith
QB WAS (10)
1 year ago

Smith remains in the early stages of his recovery from a broken fibula and tibia in his right leg, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. "We're obviously hopeful he can turn a corner and start the rehab process and possibly get back on the field," coach Jay Gruden said Monday. "That's all we can hope for right now."

EDGE Analysis

After undergoing emergency surgery on his lower right leg Nov. 18, Smith contended with an infection that delayed his rehabilitation of the injury. With a recovery timetable of 8-to-10 months, he'll be hard-pressed to be available for Week 1 of the 2019 campaign. The Redskins enter the offseason with just one other quarterback under contract for next season -- Colt McCoy -- who joins Smith on the older side of 30. Their approach with the rest of the QB room will be telling for the future, even with Smith basically locked up through at least 2020.