Alex Smith proved he could make a roster, throw for a lot of yards and withstand a pounding. He can finally add something else to the story of his comeback from a gruesome leg injury: a win.
Smith won a game for the first time since Nov. 11, 2018 — one week before he broke the fibula and tibia in his right leg. Washington beat Cincinnati 20-9 in a game in which Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow was carted off the field with a left leg injury.
“Another step, another thing I never thought I’d be doing again,” Smith said. “It’s one thing to come out and get that first playing time and a whole other deal to play winning football as a starter. It’s amazing to get a win.”
With the win, Washington moved within a half-game of the lead in the NFC East. Washington plays at Dallas on Thanksgiving Day. The team is tied with New York at 3-7, but the Giants swept the season series and therefore hold the tiebreaking edge. Washington has a shot in part because of Smith.
“When a guy like Alex who has gone through what he has gets this opportunity to get back on the field and play well, that’s pretty cool,” said Washington coach Ron Rivera.