Washington’s QB Alex Smith Cleared for Football Return

Alex Smith during his time with the Chiefs. Photo by Shane Roper/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

It appears that Washington Football Team will have a reliable option on quarterback position in 2020 as veteran Alex Smith received medical clearance to resume football activities.

Smith was away from football since November 2018, when he suffered a leg fracture in a game against Houston Texans. The 36-year-old veteran was in a life-threatening situation at one point, and it was unclear whether he’ll be able to play again.

However, in a recent interview with ESPN, Smith said that the injury is now behind him and that he’s finally ready to return to football. 

“Everyone was in agreement that my bone was in a really good place,” said Smith. “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.”

Still, Smith doesn’t expect to step on the field right away and acknowledges that the process just started for him.

“For me, all eyes are on practice,” he added. “That’s the next step. I have to go prove to myself and certainly to everybody else that I can go practice.”

Alex Smith joined Washington in 2018, in a trade from Kansas City Chiefs. In 10 games before the injury, he had 2,180 passing yards and 10 touchdowns.

Smith, who was San Francisco 49ers’ first overall pick in 2005, has a career completion percentage of 62.4 with 34,068 passing yards and 193 TDs. He is three times Pro Bowler.

Washington will hope that Smith cam return this year as they desperately need experience on the QB position. Their remaining options include second-year player Dwayne Haskins and offseason acquisition Kyle Allen.