Redskins QB Alex Smith sheds leg brace 8 months after injury

Former Chiefs QB Alex Smith has external fixator removed from injured leg

Former Chiefs QB Alex Smith has external fixator removed from injured leg

He still has a ways to go, but took an important step in his recovery today.

Announced in an Instagram post from his wife, Smith no longer needs to wear a leg brace for the season-ending injury he sustained in November of a year ago. The team's Twitter account re-posted that picture with the message, "The brace is off!"

Given the severity of the injury, it's unlikely Smith plays this season and Washington selected QB Dwayne Haskins in the first round.

"The last 8 months have been nothing short of insane", she wrote.

The removal of the fixator meshes with Smith's timeline when he told Angie Goff of FOX5 DC last month he'd need to wear the brace another four to six weeks.

"We are shedding the weight Alex has been carrying (literally and figuratively)", his wife added in the Instagram post.

"That's the plan. I've got to conquer some more steps before I get there - learn to run again, that was a big one", Smith said.

Smith has credited the external fixator with giving him an opportunity to eventually resume his football career.

Although he is not expected to be able to play in the upcoming NFL season, he has said returning to the league is his ultimate goal.

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