Alex Smith finally heads home from hospital

Brian Tinsman
December 16, 2018 - 12:24 pm
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There's no place like home for the holidays--just ask Redskins quarterback Alex Smith.

Smith's wife, Elizabeth, posted the triumphant news on her Instagram account on Sunday morning, showing Alex with his legs under a Redskins blanket and sipping from a Redskins mug:

HOME...This last month has been a difficult ride. Our family is beyond happy to have this man with us and home. This experience has given us great perspective and gratitude for all the people and blessings in our lives. We couldn’t have gotten through it without our amazing family, friends and community. A special thank you to the relentless doctors, nurses, techs, hospital administrators, the Snyder family and the Washington Redskins.

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"This experience has given us great perspective and gratitude for all the people and blessings in our lives," she wrote. "We couldn’t have gotten through it without our amazing family, friends and community. A special thank you to the relentless doctors, nurses, techs, hospital administrators, the Snyder family and the Washington Redskins."

Smith spent 27 days in the hospital after his gruesome tibia-fibula break suffered vs. the Houston Texans. He reportedly sustained infections in the initial wound and needed multiple surgeries to keep it clean and remove infected screws put in to stabilize the injury.

ESPN's Adam Schefter and John Keim combined for a report on Sunday morning that optimism remains high that Smith will eventually return to the gridiron, although if and when are still uncertain. Even if he can, he is unlikely to be ready for Week 1.

If he can't, the Redskins have much bigger problems. Schefter and Keim report that the Redskins owe Smith $20.4 million in 2019 and $21.4 million in 2020 (13 percent of the cap), even with the injury.

For now, the Redskins will turn to Josh Johnson, the fourth different Redskins quarterback to start in less than a month. Even though the team has gone winless without Smith, they remain in mathematical playoff contention, although on the outside looking in.

 

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