Washington QB Alex Smith, who needs to learn to run again, not ready to give up on playing football

Redskins quarterback Alex Smith is carted off the field after breaking his right leg on Nov. 18 against the Texans. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by John McDonnell ** Usable by LA, BS, CT, DP, FL, HC, MC, OS, SD, CGT and CCT ** (John McDonnell / The Washington Post)

If anyone thinks that Washington’s quarterback Alex Smith is done playing football, think again. After suffering a compound fracture in his right leg on Nov. 18 in a loss against the Houston Texans, Smith is focused on getting back on the field.

Smith, 35, suffered one of the most gruesome injuries in NFL history, reminding many of Joe Theismann’s broken leg suffered on a Lawrence Taylor sack that ended his career.

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Smith went through multiple surgeries because of an infection, and amputation was even discussed.

In a “Oh My Goff” podcast episode, hosted by Fox 5 DC’s Angie Goff, Smith talked about the devastating injury.

“The first four months were really, really hard,” Smith said. “Just to be in a wheelchair as long as I was. When you have independence and lose it that was the hardest part.”

The Washington QB is making “lifestyle” steps, trying to play basketball with his children, play golf, driving and working out. He is doing the little things in preparation for his biggest challenge: being able to run again.

“That’s the plan,” Smith said. “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.”

Smith must wear an external fixator — a device where rods are screwed into the bone and provide stability to the leg — for at least another four to six weeks. All told, Smith will be in the contraption for about seven and a half months.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft signed a four-year, $94 million deal in 2018.

Smith — a three-time Pro Bowler — went 6-4 in his first season in D.C. before the injury.

The franchise has Colt McCoy and Case Keenum under contract for this season but know that Dwayne Haskins is the future. Washington drafted him knowing that Smith may not be the same quarterback again.

However, Smith remains optimistic about his return despite it being a long shot.

“Life happens, and for me, I feel like this is a time for me being tested and having a challenge in front of me, and how can I handle it,” Smith said.

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