Redskins remain 'optimistic' QB Alex Smith will play again

Alex Smith made his first public appearance Monday since he was carted off the field Nov. 18 with a frightening leg injury.

It’s unclear if the Redskins quarterback will be able to return in time for next season and reports have said that it’s a long shot Smith will be on the field in 2019 or even play at all. But president Bruce Allen remains “optimistic” about Smith’s future.

“He’s moving around and well on his way to a recovery,” Allen told reporters Tuesday at Reese’s Senior Bowl practice. “It’s a tough thing for him and his family. All the love and care has helped him quite a bit.

“We’ll see how it goes. We’re optimistic. If anyone can come back, it’s Alex. I’m sure he wanted to shoot hoops at the game yesterday, but we’ll see.”

Smith, who was seen in a suite at the Wizards’ home game against the Pistons sporting a brace and crutches, suffered the season-ending leg injury after he was sacked during the Redskins’ game against the Texans. He underwent surgery on his tibia and fibula, but developed an infection from the procedure and remained in the hospital for several weeks.

Allen didn’t say if the team was moving on and looking to add another quarterback, or whether Smith would need any other surgeries.

“We prioritize every position on the team,” Allen said. “And we’ll see what we get in free agency and the draft.”

He added: “He’s going to follow the doctor’s advice and his wife’s advice and well see what happens.”

Smith completed 62.5 percent of his passes in 10 games. He threw for 2,180 yards and 10 touchdowns. Smith also had five interceptions and a 85.7 quarterback rating.