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Alex Smith cleared for football activity

Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith (11) runs with the ball during a quarterback keeper play during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) ORG XMIT: FDX115

Twenty months after a devastating leg injury, Washington QB Alex Smith has been cleared for football activity by his surgical team.

Smith is expected to report Monday to the team facility for COVID-19 testing.

The recovery process put Smith and his family through terribly tough times. Smith had to undergo 17 surgeries, and at times doctors wondered if his leg could even be saved. The aftermath of his injury and his rehab were recently documented in an E:60 film, Project 11.

Smith was drafted first overall by the 49ers in 2005 and was traded to Kansas City after eight years in San Francisco. Smith is credited for helping the franchise out of the dark ages and helping set the team culture that eventually led to the team’s Super Bowl championship this past February.

Smith was in his first season with Washington at the time of his injury, and the team was 6-3 entering the game.

Smith will take a physical with the team, then the team will decide a plan for him to practice in camp.

Whether Smith returns to game action or not, many around the league and Kansas City are ecstatic that Smith has made it this far, and only hope for the best moving forward for him and his family.

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