Former Chiefs QB Smith hopes to return to NFL after gruesome leg injury

Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith (11) passes the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018 in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(WIBW) -- In his first interview since a season-ending compound leg fracture in week 11 of last year's NFL season, former Kansas City Chief and current Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith said he hopes to get back on the field some day.

Smith told Angie Goff of FOX5 DC he feels good enough to consider returning.

The injury Smith sustained against the Houston Texans required multiple surgeries, and it was reported the former Chief was also at risk of amputation due to an infection.

After four months in a wheelchair and six of the required seven and a half months spent with an external fixator on his right leg, Smith said he is now able to play with his children, golf, workout, throw passes and drive again.

“The last three months have definitely been life-changing,” Smith told Goff. "The first four months were really, really hard, just to be in a wheelchair for as long as I was.

"When you have independence and then lose it—that was the hardest part.”

Smith, 35, told Goff he still has to "conquer more steps" before he can get back on the football field, including learning to run again. He returned to the Redskins OTAs at the end of May where he was spotted throwing passes.

Washington's front office said it never considered cutting Smith during the offseason, even though his salary cap hit is approximately $40 million. Smith signed a four-year contract prior to last season worth up to $94 million with $71 million guaranteed.

His injury was also eerily reminiscent of the one former Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann suffered that ended his career--exactly 33 years to the date.

Theismann was tackled awkwardly by Lawrence Taylor around the 40-yard line, breaking his right tibia and fibula. His Pro Bowl left tackle, Joe Jacoby, was not playing due to injury.

Smith was tackled awkwardly by J.J. Watt around the 40-yard line, also breaking his right tibia and fibula. Coincidentally, Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams wasn't playing due to injury as well.

Both Taylor and Watt were three-time Defensive Players of the Year and both games ended with a final score of 23-21. The only major difference was the Redskins won in 1985 and lost in 2018.

Theismann told 106.7 The Fan he believes Smith is still a couple years away from returning due to the intensive rehabilitation. He added he would be surprised if Smith was ever able to play again.