It has been a long road back to the starting lineup for Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith. The veteran suffered a career-threatening and even eventually life-threatening leg injury against the Houston Texans on Nov. 18, 2018, and has gone through his trials and tribulations to even get healthy, let alone start another NFL game.
On Sunday, Smith helped lead Washington to a victory against the Cincinnati Bengals, and the significance of the moment wasn't lost on the QB.
Smith's long road back to being a starting QB again has to make the win mean even more to the veteran.
The Washington quarterback last won a game as a starter on Nov. 11, 2018, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He missed the rest of the 2018 season and the entire 2019 season while dealing with his leg injury and the associated complications. At one point things were so serious that amputation of the leg above the knee was a possible option.
Smith threw for 166 yards and 1 touchdown in his team's win against the Bengals on Sunday. He earned starting QB duties last week against the Detroit Lions, throwing for 390 yards in a tight 30-27 loss.
Washington finds themselves in a three-way tie for second in the NFC East after improving their record to 3-7. They have an important matchup with divisional foe the Dallas Cowboys in Week 12. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Cowboys as 2.5-point favorites for that Thanksgiving game.
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