Redskins' Alex Smith learning to run again after horrific injury

Houston Texans strong safety Kareem Jackson reaches for Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith as he leaves the field after an injury during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday Nov. 18 2018 in Landover Md. (AP

Houston Texans strong safety Kareem Jackson reaches for Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith as he leaves the field after an injury during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday Nov. 18 2018 in Landover Md. (AP

Alex Smith is still working his way back from a devastating leg injury he suffered last season, and he is not expected to play at all in 2019.

Smith battled an infection in his leg and at one point doctors believed an amputation could have been necessary, sources told ESPN.

"To be honest, the thing that's helped me the most with this is just trying to get through each day", he said. Learning to run again. "I'm already throwing. Throwing isn't a problem, but dropping [back], moving around, change of direction". "I'm still working on playing basketball with my kids and running around after my daughter. There's all those things I have to conquer anyway (before) I get back on a field".

Smith suffered a compound fracture in his right leg during a November 18 loss to the Houston Texans.

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It may still be a while until Smith returns to the football field, but he appears to have a good mindset about recovery and is looking forward to his eventual comeback. It will be a long, arduous road to recovery for the veteran quarterback, who said he's "excited" about the latest challenge in his ever-eventful career. Among other things, Smith spoke about how challenging it was, both mentally and physically, to recover from his injury thus far, and he shared information on where he now is, in his recovery. "The stronger I get every week, the more I do, the more hopeful I am that that's a real possibility".

"I've got this insane contraption that nobody's ever seen before on my leg that comes from like, Siberia", Smith said.

"The last three months have really been life-changing, in the sense that I've been able to start driving now, I'm off of crutches", Smith said while getting a massage in the mall.

"This thing is gonna save my leg, save my bone, allow me to heal and walk again and hopefully play football again", he said. I feel like I can throw.

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