Alex Smith’s NFL future came into question after he suffered a devastating leg injury last season with many speculating whether he would be able to play again, but the Redskins quarterback isn’t giving up hope just yet.
In his first public comments since the horrific injury, Smith shared details about his recovery and said he feels good enough to consider returning.
“That’s the plan,” he told Fox 5 DC’s Angie Goff on her Oh My Goff podcast, which was published Friday.
“There are steps I’ve got to conquer before I get there. … Learning to run again. That’s a big one. I’m already throwing. Throwing isn’t a problem, but dropping (back), moving around, change of direction.”
Smith suffered a compound fracture in his leg during the team’s loss to the Texans in Week 11 and underwent surgery Nov. 19. He initially was expected to need six to eight months to recover, but he ended up having to endure multiple surgeries because of an infection. ESPN reports amputation became an option at one point.
“The steps I’m at right now are lifestyle steps,” Smith said of his recovery. “I’m still working on playing basketball with my kids, running around after my daughter. There’s all those things I have to conquer anyway (before) I get back on a field.”
Smith explained that he has to wear an external fixator, which is a metal frame meant to stabilize his bone, for another four to six weeks. He’s already had it on for about six months.
“This thing is gonna save my leg, save my bone, allow me to heal and walk again and hopefully play football again,” Smith said.
Smith, 35, acknowledged it’s still going to be a long road to recovery, but he’s excited for the challenge as he works his way back to the field.
“It’s crazy looking and it sucks what happened, but at the same time, people out there have it way worse,” he said. “Life happens, and for me, I feel like this is a time for me being tested and having a challenge in front of me, and how can I handle it?”