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Alex Smith Makes First Public Appearance Since Devastating Injury

Jay Gruden discusses a play with Alex Smith.

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 16: Head coach Jay Gruden of the Washington Redskins talks to quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the Washington Redskins against the Indianapolis Colts during the second half at FedExField on September 16, 2018 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith suffered a brutal leg injury in a game against the Houston Texans on November 18. Smith suffered a compound and spiral fracture to the tibia and fibula in his right leg.

Making matters worse, Smith spent a month in the hospital recovering and dealing with complications from his injury. If he wants to play football again, he still has a long road ahead of him.

Today, Smith made his first public appearance since the injury, checking out the Washington Wizards game against the Detroit Pistons on Martin Luther King Day.

As you can see, Smith's leg still is in rough shape, but he appears to be in good spirits and it's good to see him out and about.

The 34-year-old Smith still has four years on his extension with the Redskins, though the team can get out of the deal after the 2020 season, per Spotrac.

Obviously, it would be great to see Smith healthy and back on an NFL field next season, or even in 2020 if he has to spend all of 2019 rehabbing. However, his health in general is what is most important.

Here's to a full recovery, whether that includes football or not.