Alex Smith suffered a horrific leg injury late last season, ruining his first campaign with the Washington Redskins and putting his career in jeopardy.
Since then, Smith has endured surgeries and a grueling rehab. He still has a ways to go, but took an important step in his recovery today.
Smith's wife Elizabeth posted a picture on Instagram showing her husband in the hospital after having his external fixator removed. He had worn the spiral-shaped brace for the last eight months.
"The last 8 months have been nothing short of crazy," she wrote. "Although it’s not over, today is a big milestone. We are shedding the weight Alex has been carrying (literally and figuratively). It’s one step closer to the goal. The resilience, determination and mental fortitude of this man is unmatched."
Smith has credited the external fixator with giving him an opportunity to eventually resume his football career.
"Believe it or not, this thing is going to save my leg, save my bone, allow me to heal and walk again and hopefully play football again," he told FOX5DC's Angie Goff last month.
The 35-year-old Smith will not play football this season, but is hoping to retake the field in 2020.
[ NFL.com ]