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September 20, 2020 03:08 PM
Football Team's Alex Smith: Sidelined again
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Smith (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's contest at Arizona, Rhiannon Walker of The Athletic reports.

Until Smith progresses to working in full pads at practice, he won't be a candidate to usurp Kyle Allen for backup duties to Washington's starting quarterback Dwayne Haskins.

September 13, 2020 12:00 PM
Football Team's Alex Smith: Held out Sunday
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Smith (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Eagles.

The decision doesn't come as a surprise as Smith hasn't progressed to 11-on-11 work in full pads at practice. Until he does, he's likely to be among Washington's inactives while Kyle Allen handles backup duties behind starter Dwayne Haskins. Smith will continue his lengthy journey from a brutal right leg injury suffered back in 2018.

September 9, 2020 06:48 PM
Football Team's Alex Smith: Absent from injury report
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Smith (leg) wasn't listed on Washington's injury report Wednesday.

Washington activated Smith from the PUP list on Aug. 16, but by the end of training camp, he had yet to take part in full-padded, 11-on-11 drills. Still, with no listing on the first injury report of the season, Smith has a chance to be on the game-day roster Sunday against the Eagles. If Smith ultimately is ruled inactive, though, Kyle Allen will serve as the backup to top quarterback Dwayne Haskins.

September 5, 2020 01:16 PM
Football Team's Alex Smith: Makes regular-season roster
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Smith (leg) will begin the 2020 season on Washington's active roster, John Keim of ESPN reports.

Smith did not log any reps in full-padded 11-on-11 drills during training camp, so Washington looks in line to roll with him as the No. 3 quarterback behind starter Dwayne Haskins and backup Kyle Allen. Even if he's ultimately inactive on game days, it's a notable feat for Smith to make the team two years after a career-threatening leg injury.

August 30, 2020 11:32 PM
Football Team's Alex Smith: Held out of full-team practice
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Smith (leg) didn't participate in Sunday's 11-on-11 practice, John Keim of reports.

Smith took part in an 11-on-11 practice Saturday, but it was one where players weren't in pads. He still hasn't been cleared for full-team, contact work, with the team preferring a cautious approach this summer. All signs point to Dwayne Haskins getting the start Week 1 against Philadelphia, while it's less clear whether Smith or Kyle Allen will serve as the backup.

August 30, 2020 10:36 AM
Football Team's Alex Smith: Participates in 11-on-11
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Smith participated in Saturday's 11-on-11 drills although the practice did not require pads, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

It's a great sign for Smith, who actually flashed a bit of mobility in the 11-on-11 drills, scrambling for a couple of yards on a broken play. Dwayne Haskins continues to lead the first unit while Kyle Allen and Smith alternate with the second unit. Expect Smith to slowly continue to press onward in the competition for the backup role.

August 18, 2020 01:32 PM
Football Team's Alex Smith: Limited to 7-on-7s
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Smith hasn't been cleared for 11-on-11 drills, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.

Activated from the PUP list two days prior, Smith reportedly looked good in 7-on-7 drills at Tuesday's practice, working second through the rotation after Dwayne Haskins. It was again Haskins who led things off in full-team work, with Kyle Allen the second man up while Smith was limited to observer status. There's still time for Smith or Allen to make a push for the starting job, but the No. 2 role is probably a more realistic goal for the 36-year-old, considering he's had 17 surgeries on his right leg over the past two years.

August 16, 2020 09:32 PM
Football Team's Alex Smith: Brought off PUP list
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Washington activated Smith (lower leg) from the PUP list Sunday, Kyle Stackpole of the team's official site reports.

After undergoing 17 surgeries to address the gruesome leg injury he suffered in November 2018, Smith has finally received clearance to return to football activities. Per Julie Donaldson of Washington's official site, Smith will be limited to individual drills initially before the coaching and training staffs determine whether he's fit for full-contact practices. Even if Smith's surgically repaired right leg responds well to workouts, the 36-year-old is still expected to begin the 2020 season in a backup role behind projected starter Dwayne Haskins.

August 16, 2020 12:08 AM
Football Team's Alex Smith: Cleared for football activity
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Smith (leg) was cleared for football activity Saturday, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.

It's a remarkable moment for the 36-year-old, who was at risk of having his right leg amputated following a severe injury late in the 2018 season. He's reportedly been impressing in workouts and has a chance to compete for the team's starting quarterback job. Whether or not Washington truly wants to give opportunities to a player of Smith's age rather than handing things over to presumed quarterback of the future, Dwayne Haskins, remains to be seen, but the clearance is nevertheless a momentous step in Smith's journey back to the field. He'll be activated off the PUP list Sunday, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.

August 10, 2020 10:20 AM
Football Team's Alex Smith: Could compete for starting job?
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Coach Ron Rivera believes Smith (leg) could enter the Washington Football Team's quarterback competition, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports. "If Alex is healthy and continues to get healthy and we do activate him, he's going to be in the throes of this competition," Rivera said. "It's going to unfold, I think, very nicely for us as a football team."

The idea of Smith playing in 2020 has largely been described as a long shot, but Rivera seems to be treating it as a real possibility, and recent reports suggest the 36-year-old has looked good during on-field workouts. The veteran quarterback missed all of last year while rehabbing from a severe injury, one that nearly caused him to lose his right leg. Most discussion of the Washington QB spot has pegged Dwayne Haskins as a strong favorite for the starting job, but with Kyle Allen having a chance to make his push during training camp. It now seems Smith could enter the mix if he's removed from the PUP list within the next week or two.

August 2, 2020 02:32 PM
Football Team's Alex Smith: Looks good during workouts
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Smith (leg) recently impressed during four straight days of on-field workouts with Washington's training staff, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.

Smith was medically cleared by Washington's surgical staff early last week, but his subsequent placement on the PUP list meant he can't practice. No matter, he clearly has been able to get in some on-field work as he continues his recovery from a gruesome leg injury and ensuing bouts with infection. There's no telling when (or if) Smith will make it all the way back, but he seems to be putting himself in a position to return to the regular-season roster. In the meantime, quarterback will be manned by some combination of 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins and Kyle Allen in the nation's capital.

July 28, 2020 04:32 PM
Football Team's Alex Smith: Gets PUP designation
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Smith (leg) was placed on the PUP list Monday morning, John Keim of reports.

Players on the PUP list aren't eligible to practice but can be removed from the list at any time before the start of the regular season. Any player who remains on the list for Week 1 will be automatically held out for the first six weeks, a fate that wouldn't come as any surprise for Smith as he continues to work his way back from the gruesome leg injury he suffered in November 2018. That said, the 36-year-old's hopes of continuing his career appear to have improved after his surgeon cleared him last week to resume full football activities, per Stephania Bell of Until Smith is formally activated from the PUP list, however, the discussion surrounding Washington's QB room for 2020 will remain focused on Dwayne Haskins and Kyle Allen.

July 25, 2020 01:52 AM
Redskins' Alex Smith: Physical set for Monday
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Smith (leg) is scheduled to have his physical with Washington's team doctors Monday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

According to Stephania Bell of ESPN, Smith has already been cleared by his surgical team for full football activity, so it looks like he will be ready to move ahead in that process if he passes his physical. The news is pretty remarkable considering how serious of an injury he sustained back in Week 11 of 2018. He suffered a compound fracture of his right tibia and a fractured right fibula, which resulted in him at one point deliberating whether or not to have his leg amputated due to the severity of an ensuing infection. The veteran signal-caller has remained intent on playing again, but at 36 years old and coming off such a serious injury, it remains unclear if that will be a possibility. Second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins is the presumed starter going into the season at this point, while Kyle Allen and Steven Montez are both on the depth chart as well.

February 1, 2020 05:40 PM
Redskins' Alex Smith: Still recovering
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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.

December 30, 2019 03:36 PM
Redskins' Alex Smith: Focused on playing football again
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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.

October 16, 2019 10:56 AM
Redskins' Alex Smith: Resumes throwing
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Smith (leg) threw passes Monday on the field, Ben Standig and Rhiannon Walker of The Athletic report.

Smith worked on his dropback and threw a variety of routes, wearing a T-shirt and shorts while donning a compression sleeve over his surgically repaired right leg. He hopes to return to football in 2020, though he's acknowledged the possibility of his severe injury forcing him into retirement. The 35-year-old recently revealed that he had 17 operations on his leg, which was stabilized by an external fixator until nearly eight months after the initial injury, according to Thom Loverro of The Washington Times. It isn't clear how Smith would fit in with the Redskins if/when he's able to continue his NFL career.

July 24, 2019 05:40 PM
Redskins' Alex Smith: Receives PUP designation
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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.

July 15, 2019 09:40 PM
Redskins' Alex Smith: Sheds external fixator
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Smith recently had the external fixator removed from his broken leg, Kevin Patra of reports.

Nearly eight months after he suffered his devastating injury, Smith finally is able to shed the device that allowed his leg to heal properly. He won't be ready for football in 2019, but he's been clear about his desire to eventually resume playing. Meanwhile, Washington is set to host a three-way quarterback battle between Case Keenum, Dwayne Haskins and Colt McCoy (leg).

June 21, 2019 09:44 AM
Redskins' Alex Smith: Still hopes to resume career
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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.

June 5, 2019 05:20 PM
Redskins' Alex Smith: Month from shedding fixator cast
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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.

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