Redskins’ QB Alex Smith Still Believes He Can Play Despite Broken Leg Injury
Last NFL season, Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith had a gruesome leg injury halfway through the season that has sidelined him for the time being. With Smith questionable to ever play again, the 35-year-old thinks he still can play.
“That’s the plan,” Smith said, according to NFL.com “That’s the plan. Steps. I’ve got to conquer some more steps before I get there. Learn to run again. That’s a big one. I’m already throwing. I already feel like throwing is not a problem. I feel like I can throw. But dropping, moving around, all that kind of stuff, change of direction.”
With Smith having around $54 million in guaranteed money from the Skins, its unsure what they’re plan is regarding the veteran. If you don’t know, Dan Snyder went out and bought Case Keenum, Colt McCoy also coming off an injury and drafted Dwayne Haskins with their 15th pick. In Snyder’s perspective, he’s done with Smith. The Skins weren’t going to draft Haskins to be a backup, and Keenum started for the Denver Broncos last year. The Redskins are in a bit of a crisis mode in terms of quarterbacks, but its than having no QBs. Haskins seems to be the obvious favorite for who will win the starting job for the time being.
“Oh, for sure,” head coach Jay Gruden said about Haskins starting, according to CBS Sport. “I’d be silly not to. He’s put enough out there on tape to say he deserves a shot, without a doubt.”
Smith could be used as an asset for their overloaded QB room, the 6-foot-4 veteran has thrown 193 touchdowns in his career, along with over 34,000 yards.
“The steps I’m at now are lifestyle steps,” Smith said, according to FOX News. “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. I’m looking forward to it. I’m excited about that challenge. The stronger I get every week, the more I do, the more hopeful I am that that’s a real possibility.”
Smith still has three years left on his four-year, $94 million deal he made with Washington in 2018.