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Alex Smith nearly lost his leg, ‘for sure’ won’t play in 2019

Jesse Reed
Washington Football Team QB Alex Smith
Jan 21, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith sits in the stands during the game between the Washington Wizards and the Detroit Pistons at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Theismann and Alex Smith have more in common than just being members of the Washington Redskins starting quarterback club. They both suffered two of the most gruesome leg injuries we’ve seen in the NFL.

Theismann went on Rapsheet + Friends and divulged that Smith “came very, very close to losing his leg.” He also said that Smith “for sure” will not be able to play for Washington during the 2019 season.

Smith recently got his bulky external fixator removed from his right leg, eight months and several surgeries after suffering the initial injury.

The road back to full recovery is still a long one. Yet it’s pretty encouraging that Smith continues to make progress. We wish him nothing but the best as he continues to make his comeback bid.