Alex Smith

Alex Smith

Quarterback #11
Team: Washington Redskins
Ht / Wt:6'4" / 217 lb.
Born:May 7, 1984
Drafted:2005 / Rd. 1 (1)
Draft Team:SF

Alex Smith: Still recovering from traumatic injury

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

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 amputate his leg 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.

February 1, 2020 7:35 AM EST

Alex Smith: Focused on playing football again

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.

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.

December 30, 2019 12:35 PM EST

Alex Smith: Resumes throwing

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

Analysis: Smith worked on his drop back 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 broken right leg, which was stabilized by an external fixator until nearly eight months after the initial injury, Thom Loverro of The Washington Times reports. It isn't clear how Smith would fit in with the Redskins if/when he's able to continue his NFL career.

October 16, 2019 7:16 AM EST

Alex Smith: Receives PUP designation

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

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

July 24, 2019 1:32 PM EST

Alex Smith: Sheds external fixator

Smith recently had the external fixator removed from his broken leg,'s Kevin Patra reports.

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).

July 15, 2019 11:07 AM EST

Alex Smith: Still hopes to resume career

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

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.

June 21, 2019 6:40 AM EST

Alex Smith: Month from shedding fixator cast

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.

Analysis: Despite the progress, Smith is expected to sit out all of the 2019 campaign after suffering a gruesome leg injury in Week 11 last season. He was spotted walking outside Wednesday, which at least represents a step in the right direction. The team traded for Case Keenum and spent a 2019 first-round pick on Dwayne Haskins this offseason, leaving Smith's long-term status with the team in question.

June 5, 2019 11:33 AM EST

Alex Smith: Not expected to play in 2019

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

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.

January 27, 2019 1:45 PM EST

Alex Smith: Sporting brace on right leg

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

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.

January 22, 2019 8:17 AM EST

Alex Smith: In early stages of rehab

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."

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.

December 31, 2018 3:08 PM EST

Alex Smith: Released from hospital

Smith (lower leg) has been released from the hospital, Adam Schefter and John Keim of report.

Analysis: Smith underwent multiple surgeries on a broken fibula and tibia, which resulted in complications due to infection. The incident leaves Smith's future in football uncertain. There is optimism, but not certainty, that Smith will be able to resume his career.

December 15, 2018 8:42 PM EST

Alex Smith: Unlikely for start of 2019 season

Smith isn't expected to be ready to play at the start of the 2019 season while he continues to recover from an infection stemming from his multiple surgeries to address a broken fibula and tibia in his right leg, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Smith remains hospitalized after experiencing complications from the procedures he required to address the gruesome injury he sustained Nov. 18 against the Texans. The quarterback was always set to face a lengthy rehab regardless, but the infection has added another layer of concern that could threaten Smith's availability not just for 2019, but for the remainder of his career. After trading for Smith last March and signing him to a four-year, $94 million contract, the Redskins could be in the market for a new starting quarterback in free agency or the draft this offseason if they're not confident the 34-year-old will be able to return to his previous form.

December 9, 2018 5:48 AM EST

Alex Smith: Battling complications from surgery

Smith developed an infection after undergoing surgery in November to address a broken fibula and tibia in his right leg, sources informed Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Analysis: Smith isn't far enough removed from surgery yet for doctors to give a prognosis, but the infection could provide additional complications in his recovery from an injury that was already being viewed as a threat to end his career. The quarterback is expected to receive regular treatment over the next several months to remove the infection and hopefully improve his long-term outlook, but his playing future very much remains in jeopardy. The Redskins also lost Smith's replacement -- Colt McCoy (lower leg) -- to a potential season-ending injury in the Week 13 loss to the Eagles, leaving Mark Sanchez next in line to direct the offense.

December 6, 2018 8:14 AM EST

Alex Smith: Playing future in jeopardy

The Redskins are optimistic that Smith (lower leg) will be able to resume his career in 2019, though doctors are maintaining a "wait-and-see" attitude with regards to the quarterback's future outlook, sources tell Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Analysis: The 34-year-old suffered one of the more gruesome-looking injuries in recent memory in the Redskins' Week 11 loss to the Texans, with doctors ultimately diagnosing him with a fractured tibia and fibula in his right leg shortly after he was carted off the field. According to Schefter, Smith's injury included the bone breaking through his skin, which could result in a longer rehab than what otherwise might be associated with such an injury. For what it's worth, coach Jay Gruden recently estimated Smith's timeline for recovery at 6-to-8 months, though it would be surprising if the veteran were on the field for the start of training camp next summer. While Smith is out for at least the remainder of 2018, the 6-5 Redskins will cast their lot with Colt McCoy under center as they look to hold off Dallas (6-5) and Philadelphia (5-6) for the NFC East crown.

November 26, 2018 7:39 AM EST

Alex Smith: May not be ready for 2019 opener

Smith (lower leg) will require 8-to-10 months to recover fully, which could impact his availability for Week 1 of the 2019 season, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.

Analysis: Initially expected to be sidelined 6-to-8 months, Smith's expanded recovery timetable may stem from what surgeons discovered during emergency surgery on Nov. 18. Among his fractures, he suffered both compound and spiral breaks of the tibia and fibula in his right leg. Smith will have to regain motion in his ankle while strengthening his lower right leg before gaining medical clearance to play again. In the short term, the Redskins will trust Colt McCoy to fend off the rest of the NFC East in pursuit of a playoff spot.

November 22, 2018 1:40 PM EST

Alex Smith: Suffered compound, spiral fractures

Smith's season-ending injury included compound and spiral fractures in his right leg, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: What was already known to be a gruesome injury became even more so following Schefter's report. While Smith is expected to require 6-to-8 months of recovery, the immediate concerns are the potential for infection and compartment syndrome, per Stephania Bell of ESPN. Beyond that duo, the biggest steps in Smith's rehab will be regaining full range of motion in his right ankle and strength in his lower right leg. With a long and winding road in front of him, he can at least look forward to a fully guaranteed base salary of $15 million for the 2019 campaign, even if he's not ready for Week 1. In the meantime, Colt McCoy will finish out the current season as the Redskins' starting signal-caller.

November 19, 2018 4:22 PM EST

Alex Smith: Officially placed on IR

Smith (lower leg) was officially placed on injured reserve Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Smith is set to spend the next 6-to-8 months recovering from surgery to repair a broken tibia and fibula in his right leg. With a fully guaranteed $15 million base salary in 2018, it would be a surprise if he doesn't return as the Redskins' No. 1 signal caller in 2019. However, it's not certain that Smith will do so in time for Week 1. In any event, Colt McCoy will quarterback the Washington offense for the remainder of the 2018 campaign.

November 19, 2018 2:07 PM EST

Alex Smith: Facing timetable of 6-to-8 months

Smith had successful surgery on his broken leg and is expected to make a full recovery within 6-to-8 months, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.

Analysis: Smith went under the knife shortly after breaking his tibia and fibula during Sunday's 23-21 loss to the Texans. He'll have a chance to make it back for Week 1 of 2019, though the upcoming offseason will be a major challenge. The 34-year-old quarterback has a fully guaranteed $15 million base salary for 2019, per

November 19, 2018 12:10 PM EST

Alex Smith: Undergoing surgery immediately

Coach Jay Gruden told John Keim of after Sunday's loss to the Texans that Smith will undergo surgery on his lower right leg.

Analysis: Specifically, the tibia and fibula were noted. Smith's right leg crumpled under him on a third-quarter sack, and he required an air cast and cart to leave the field. In Smith's place, Colt McCoy completed six of 12 passes for 54 yards and one touchdown while running five times for 35 yards. As the only other QB on the roster, McCoy likely is the top candidate to start Thanksgiving day at Dallas. However, the Redskins are in the market for a free-agent pickup as soon as Monday.

November 18, 2018 1:30 PM EST

Alex Smith: Carted off with ankle injury

Smith was carted off the field in the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Texans with a right ankle injury, ESPN's John Keim reports

Analysis: We'll await further details, but Smith's injury has the look of a season-ending issue. If that's the case, Colt McCoy will assume Washington's QB duties moving forward, while the team will have to add depth at the position in short order.

November 18, 2018 12:29 PM EST

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