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Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith is eight months removed from suffering one of the most gruesome injuries in recent memory.

While he still has a long way to go to a full recovery, his wife Elizabeth Smith shared a very positive update to her Instagram account on Monday.

Smith wrote:

“The last 8 months have been nothing short of crazy. Although it’s not over, today is a big milestone. We are shedding the weight Alex has been carrying (literally and figuratively). It’s one step closer to the goal. The resilience, determination and mental fortitude of this man is unmatched.”

Smith has finally shed the incredibly bulky leg brace that was holding his bones together with pins.

The Redskins aren’t expecting Smith to play at all this coming season. Yet that’s a secondary issue at this time for the former No. 1 overall pick. His overall recovery is what matters, and it’s pretty awesome to hear it is progressing well.

Jesse Reed
Managing Editor at Sportsnaut. Featured on Yardbarker and MSN.com, and formerly was a breaking news writer/NFL analyst for Bleacher Report.