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For quarterback Alex Smith, it was a long time coming.
Smith took the field for the Washington Football Team when starting quarterback Kyle Allen was injured on a hit by Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey.
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It was the first time Smith made an appearance in an NFL game in 693 days. He broke his right tibia and fibula 23 months ago and had a long road to recovery. Smith’s career was in jeopardy when he was injured two seasons ago, and underwent 17 different surgeries. He also survived a life-threatening infection.
Smith was cleared to practice in August and became the backup when head coach Ron Rivera benched Dwayne Haskins and demoted the 2019 first-round pick to third on the depth chart.
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Rivera said earlier this week he was confident putting Smith in a game because doctors gave the green light. Offensive coordinator Scott Turner said Smith had not been hit in practice to prepare him.
His first contact against the Rams was a sack by Aaron Donald. Smith got up and jogged off the field. He completed 9 of 17 passes for 37 yards in Washington’s 30-10 loss to the Rams.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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