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Redskins QB Alex Smith sheds leg brace 8 months after injury

Mon Jul 15 3:06pm ET

Players: Dwayne Haskins

Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith (11) ankle is injured as he is sacked by Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) and Houston Texans strong safety Kareem Jackson (25) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018 in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)


ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith has finally shed the massive brace on his right leg eight months after breaking his tibia and fibula in gruesome fashion.

Smith's wife, Elizabeth, posted a photo Monday of him holding the ring external fixator in his hand. The team's Twitter account re-posted that picture with the message, ''The brace is off! A great step for Alex in his recovery.''

Given the severity of the injury, it's unlikely Smith plays this season and Washington selected QB Dwayne Haskins in the first round. Smith recently said he plans to play in the NFL again and is under contract through 2022.

Coach Jay Gruden said last month that Smith's recovery ''is going to be a pretty lengthy process.'' At the time, Gruden said Smith can throw but was still about a month away from getting rid of the leg brace.

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Tramaine Brock Aug 9 4:53pm ET

Free-agent CB Tramaine Brock (Titans) is meeting with the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Aug. 9, and likely will sign with the team if the meeting goes well, according to a source.

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Jatavis Brown Aug 9 4:23pm ET

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Mike Daniels Aug 9 3:33pm ET

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A'Shawn Robinson Aug 9 3:03pm ET

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Buffalo Bills WR Duke Williams was activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday, Aug. 9. The team also released CB Akeem King.

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Logan Thomas Aug 9 2:33pm ET

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J.J. Wilcox Aug 9 1:13pm ET

Free-agent S J.J. Wilcox (Falcons) officially re-signed with the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Aug. 9. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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Darqueze Dennard Aug 9 11:43am ET

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Reuben Foster Aug 9 10:23am ET

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Fantasy Spin: Even if Green is able to stay healthy in 2020, he will still be working with a rookie quarterback. He is worth grabbing as a WR3, but don't bank on Green rejoining the ranks of the elite fantasy receivers.

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