Former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith faces a long road to recovery still to return to his post with the Washington Redskins.
Former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith recently sat down to give an interview with Fox 5 DC’s Angie Goff. During the segment, Smith gave fans an update on where he’s at in his recovery process as he tries to return to the field after fracturing his leg.
Smith, who is now with the Washington Redskins, suffered a compound fracture midway through the 2018 season, his first with the team, when he was suddenly lost for the season. Immediately, the severity of the injury was clear and even instant analysis raised questions as to whether or not Smith would be able to recover from such a catastrophic turn. For Washington fans, it was a reminder of the career-ending injury of franchise favorite Joe Theismann.
It was clear that Smith was not only lost for the season after suffering the leg fracture but that the next season was also in question. Consequently the Redskins made moves to bolster the role with the drafting of Dwayne Haskins in the first round and the import of veteran Case Keenum from the Denver Broncos.
Despite the injury and subsequent moves, Smith is still anxious to return to the field and says he relishes the challenge. He also gave Goff an update on the level of his physical activity and the next steps in the journey.
"“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, moving around, change of direction. The steps I’m at now are lifestyle steps. I’m still working on playing basketball with my kids and running around after my daughter. Those are things I have to conquer anyway until I get to the point where I’m walking on the field.”"
Smith was the starting quarterback for the Chiefs for the 2013-2017 seasons, a period of tremendous turnaround for the franchise under Andy Reid in which Smith helped lead the Chiefs to four playoff appearances and multiple AFC West titles.
Smith was 6-4 in 10 starts for the Redskins with 10 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.