Almost two years after sustaining a horrific leg injury, the consequences of which nearly killed him, quarterback Alex Smith returned to the NFL on Sunday with the Washington roster.
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It is a feat, even a miracle. Smith, 36, was sent into the fray against the Los Angeles Rams after pivot Kyle Allen suffered an injury in the second quarter.
The Washington football team ultimately suffered a heavy 30-10 loss. Due to heavy rain, both teams made several ground plays and short passes, which limited Smith. The former San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs ended his workday by completing nine of his 17 aerial attempts, registering just 37 yards. He also carried the ball on one occasion, amassing a rod.
Smith could have yet another opportunity to show off his skills in week six of the NFL’s activities, as his team take on the Giants in New York.
It had been 693 days since Smith had played.
He suffered a broken tibia and fibula in November 2018, during a game against the Houston Texans. This injury was already a very serious problem, but it all got worse after Smith’s surgery: the flesh-eating bacteria got involved and suddenly the player’s life was in danger.
Several operations and a very long and arduous rehabilitation later, Smith is back.