Three takeaways from Washington Football Team’s Week 5 loss vs. Rams
3. Alex Smith’s comeback is nothing short of remarkable
Let’s start with something that can only be viewed in the most positive way.
Alex Smith returned to NFL action on Sunday. He played in a game for the first time in nearly two years, something that seemed practically impossible just months ago.
Against the Texans in 2018, Smith suffered a brutal leg injury that many thought would end his career. Little did anyone know that, at the time, Smith was in the hospital and nearly lost his leg and his life. He had to wear a limb-stabilizing device for nearly a year to avoid losing the leg.
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The blast-like injury was military-grade. Most would’ve stopped fighting to get back on the field, but Smith never did. He was amazingly cleared for contact before training camp, but still, nobody thought that he’d be back on the field.
Smith made the 53-man roster. Still, few expected him to be pressed into action. But he was. In Week 5, he played just over a half of action. It wasn’t pretty, but he took hits and emerged fine. And once he popped back off the turf after the first big hit that he took, fans breathed a collective sigh of relief and cheered on the quarterback.
Smith’s comeback is, arguably, the greatest in sports history. Simply put, few if any people would be able to return from an injury of that magnitude. Smith won’t ever be the same player that he once was, but the fact that he can even play is nothing short of a miracle.
Kudos to Smith for making this happen. His determination is certainly an inspiration and deserves to be praised accordingly.