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The absolutely amazing comeback of one Alex Smith has now taken the next step. Seemingly fully recovered from the leg injury that nearly cost him his life back in 2018, the veteran quarterback has now been cleared for football activities.

This is pretty much the best news we’ve seen around the National Football League world in some time. It could also lead to a quarterback competition between Smith and second-year signal caller Dwayne Haskins for the Washington Football Team.

Alex Smith’s injury and amazing recovery

Smith suffered both a broken tibia and fibula during a game against the Houston Texans on Nov. 18, 2018. After an initial surgery led to infections, Smith had to go through 16 more procedures. For a while there, it seemed obvious that his career was over.

What we’ve seen since is nothing less than extraordinary. It tells us a story of a veteran quarterback who has both the drive and the will to return to the football field.

Smith, 36, turned his career around under Jim Harbaugh with the San Francisco 49ers back in 2011, ultimately taking over as the Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback a couple years later. The former No. 1 overall pick has posted a 75-35-1 record as a starter since the start of the 2011 season. He’s thrown 142 touchdowns compared to 48 interceptions during that span.

Smith will now be activated off the physically unable to perform (PUP) list and should take part in practice for Washington on Sunday. Just amazing.

Vincent Frank
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