LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. - Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith has been activated off the physically unable to perform list and cleared to begin practicing with the team on Sunday.
The move comes just 21 months after Smith suffered a gruesome, season-ending leg injury against the Houston Texans November 18th, which could have cost him his life.
Smith's wife provided a clue of his return on Instagram Saturday night before the team made the announcement. Smith's family is shown popping champagne, making a toast and celebrating with a cake.
Liz Smith’s post included the caption: "Hard work pays off! Lots to celebrate in the Smith house tonight."
Smith's physical prior to training camp showed that his leg had recovered, but he was originally placed on the PUP list to allow the medical staff to monitor his progress.
He rejoins the team in time for the start of training camp's full-pad work, which begins Tuesday, and just under a month until Washington's season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The next step in the comeback...— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) August 16, 2020
Alex Smith has been activated off the PUP list. pic.twitter.com/keDJK51PV7
Back to work 😤💪 pic.twitter.com/Oc9S22k8yh— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) August 16, 2020