Smith suggested in an ESPN Outside the Lines report that he is "very much lucky to be alive." Smith underwent multiple surgeries after suffering a compound fracture of his right tibia and a fractured right fibula in a 2018 Week 11 contest against the Texans, at one point deliberating whether or not he might need to have his leg amputated due to the severity of the ensuing infection. While the veteran signal caller was able to persevere through the scary circumstances, Smith is intent on playing again in the NFL, and considering the quarterback resumed throwing last October, it's entirely possible the 35-year-old could make his return sometime in 2020.
Smith (leg) remains focused on resuming his football career, denying rumors that he's interested in accepting a front office position, Craig Hoffman of 106.7 The Fan Washington reports. Smith resumed throwing in October, slowly working his way back from the devastating injury he suffered Week 11 of 2018. He still doesn't have any idea about a rehab timeline, noting that the unique nature of his injury makes it difficult to come up with an estimate. It isn't clear if the 35-year-old ultimately will be able to continue his football career, nor is it clear that he'll be anything approaching his old self if he does eventually gain medical clearance to play. Either way, Washington will move forward with the expectation of Dwayne Haskins (knee) getting the Week 1 start in 2020.
Washington placed Smith (leg) on the PUP list Wednesday, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports. Smith is expected to miss the entire 2019 season and will eventually be moved to injured reserve. He still hopes to play football again, but it won't happen any sooner than 2020.
Smith (leg) told Angie Goff of FOX5 DC that he plans to resume his football career. Smith hopes to have the external fixture on his leg removed by the end of July, at which point he could start jogging and doing some other light activity. He won't be ready to play during the upcoming season, but he conceivably could make it back for 2020. The 35-year-old quarterback is signed through 2022, with his base salaries guaranteed for the next two years. Case Keenum, Dwayne Haskins and Colt McCoy (leg) will compete for the starting job in Washington this season.
Coach Jay Gruden relayed Wednesday that Smith (lower leg) should be able to remove his fixator cast in around a month, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports. While the development amounts to progress for Smith, he's still expected to sit out the 2019 campaign after suffering a gruesome leg injury in Week 11 of last season. Smith was at least spotted walking outside Wednesday and should gradually increase his activity in the ensuing months. Washington traded for Case Keenum and invested a first-round pick into Dwayne Haskins this offseason, leaving Smith's long-term status with the team in question.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/11||Los Angeles Rams||11||17.13|
|6||10/18||@New York Giants||29||23.88|
|9||11/08||New York Giants||29||23.88|
|14||12/13||@San Francisco 49ers||15||18.00|
|3 Year Avg||65.5||2074||12||3||174||1||169|