Report: Washington’s plans for Alex Smith moving forward
Alex Smith has miraculously been activated from the PUP list by the Washington Football Team and there’s still strides to go before he’s playing in a football game. According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Washington plans on taking an extremely cautious approach with Smith moving forward.
From Inside Training Camp: Wherever it goes from here for Washington QB Alex Smith, simply being cleared should be celebrated. They will proceed cautiously. pic.twitter.com/pLDrFszt4I
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 16, 2020
Smith hasn’t played in an NFL game since Week 11 of the 2018 season with Washington. The reason for his lengthy absence was due to a gruesome leg injury he sustained versus the Houston Texans.
The veteran signal-caller would undergo an endless number of surgeries and countless hours of rehab in hopes to return to the NFL. After relentlessly fighting his way back, Smith was medically cleared for football activities in July. And now he’s taken the next step in his journey back to the gridiron after being activated from the PUP list.
With that being said, Alex Smith still has to prove he’s ready to return before Washington deploys him on the field again. Of course, for any athlete that suffers a serious leg injury, it’s tough to mentally trust your leg again.
How will Smith react when defenders are pursuing him and falling around his legs? Can Smith be mobile enough to evade incoming defenders? Will Smith be able to step into his throws comfortably? These are all questions that Washington will want answers to during training camp.
Again, it’s wonderful to see Smith overcome the odds and return to the football field in any fashion. But until he shows he’s able to play like his former self before the injury, Washington is going to ease him back into the groove of things.