Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith’s difficult journey back to the field reached its final goal.
Smith, the former No. 1 pick, completed his long road back when he took the field in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams. Smith suffered a severe leg injury nearly two years ago while playing for the then-Washington Redskins.
Alex Smith just completed the long road back
Football fans saw Alex Smith’s return when he replaced Kyle Allen, who left after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey.
Washington started Allen after head coach Ron Rivera benched former first-round pick Dwayne Haskins. The full-time starter since the middle of last season, Haskins did not attend Sunday’s game because of a stomach bug.
Smith completed his first pass to running back J.D. McKissic for a 6-yard gain. Smith’s next pass went incomplete and, on third down, he took a sack from Rams star Aaron Donald.
Thankfully for Smith and Washington, he left the field with no pain after the sack.
Smith led Washington (1-3) to a field goal at the end of the second half. The three-time Pro Bowler nine of his 17 passes for only 37 yards.
Los Angeles sacked Smith six times for 31 yards. Donald totaled four of the Rams’ eight sacks; linebacker Troy Reeder added his first three career sacks.
Smith picked up a rushing yard on his lone carry.
Washington entered play with three straight losses after an opening day comeback victory over Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles.
Alex Smith’s career could have ended in 2018
By all means, Alex Smith’s career could — and possibly should — have ended nearly two years ago.
Smith suffered a compound fracture in his right tibia and right fibula on Nov. 18, 2018. The injury resulted in sepsis, and Smith needed to undergo 17 surgeries.
Smith missed all of the 2019 season and, although many believed his career was over, continued his comeback.
With Haskins sick, Washington made Smith active for the first time since his injury.
Smith entered play Sunday having completed 62.4% of his passes in 13 seasons for 34,068 yards, 193 touchdowns, and 101 interceptions.
Will Smith become Washington’s full-time starter again?
Washington Football Team fans should be rooting to see Alex Smith under center each week.
With Dwayne Haskins in Ron Rivera’s doghouse, Smith was already a candidate for increased playing time. Even if Haskins wasn’t sick, he may not have suited up Sunday; Washington officially named Smith the backup quarterback when Kyle Allen, who played for Rivera in Carolina, received his promotion.
Washington plays in a terrible NFC East Division, which is partly why Rivera pulled Haskins when he did. If Smith gives Washington the best chance at winning the division,
the starting role may indeed be his. Washington has three crucial divisional games coming up. The Football Team travels to the New York Giants in Week 6 and hosts Dallas in Week 7. After a Week 8 bye, Washington hosts the Giants.
If Washington can win two of those three games and enter the Week 9 matchup at Detroit with a 3-4 record, the Football Team may just be poised at winning an unexpected divisional crown.