Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith still has a long way to go in his recovery from complications suffered after a gruesome leg injury, but he took a huge step forward on Monday.
Smith no longer requires the use of the external fixator, the bulky stabilizing device he wore around his right leg, that had helped the healing process.
“The last 8 months have been nothing short of crazy,” Smith’s wife, Elizabeth, wrote in a message posted on Instagram. “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.”
Elizabeth shared two photos in the post, one with she and Alex Smith together, and the other with Alex smiling and holding the fixator in his hand.
Smith suffered a compound leg fracture in which he broke his fibula and tibia in a Week 11 loss against the Houston Texans on Nov. 18. Then, one month later, reports surfaced that Smith was in the hospital, dealing with an infection he sustained shortly after the surgery was performed to repair the injured leg.