Alex Smith "cleared for football activity"

Alex Smith

Because of an infection, Smith required 17 surgeries, and doctors not only anxious about the possibility of his leg being amputated but also feared for his life.

Washington quarterback Alex Smith has been cleared for football activities, a source told The Athletic.

"The next step in the comeback ..."

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - Quarterback Alex Smith was activated off the physically unable to perform list by Washington's National Football League team Sunday, the latest step in a remarkable recovery after his right leg was broken in two places during a game almost two years ago.

The biggest concern hasn't been Smith's skill set - Rivera noted that he already knows "75% of our playbook" - but instead his ability to protect himself come game day.

But just by working back to this point, after suffering an injury that threatened Smith's leg itself, the accomplishment and hard work of the quarterback should be celebrated.

The quarterback has undergone 17 surgeries since breaking the tibia and fibula in his right leg in November 2018, and his leg was in danger of requiring amputation. Today, Smith became one step closer to that goal as the Washington Football Team declared him officially fit to practice.

"He's looked good, he really has", Rivera said.

It will be incredibly interesting to watch this situation going forward, as we see how quickly Smith progresses and gets back onto the field.

Paulina Dedaj is a writer/ reporter for Fox News.

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