Redskins remain 'optimistic' QB Alex Smith will play again

Washington Redskins president Bruce Allen remains "optimistic" that quarterback Alex Smith can play again.

Smith made his first public appearance on Monday since he was carted off the field in November with a frightening leg injury.

The 34-year-old, who was seen in a suite at the Washington Wizards' home game against the Detroit Pistons sporting a brace and crutches, suffered the season-ending injury after he was sacked during the Redskins' game against the Houston Texans.

He underwent surgery on his tibia and fibula, but developed an infection from the procedure and remained in hospital for several weeks.

It is unclear if the Redskins quarterback will be able to return in time for next season and reports have said Smith may not even play again, but Smith is holding out hope.

"He's moving around and well on his way to a recovery," Allen told reporters at the 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."

Allen did not say if the team were moving on and looking to add another quarterback, or whether Smith would need any other surgeries.

"We prioritise 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 we'll see what happens."

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