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."
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The last 8 months have been nothing short of crazy. Although it's not over, today is a big milestone. We are shedding the weight Alex has been carrying (literally and figuratively). It's one step closer to the goal. The resilience, determination and mental fortitude of this man is unmatched.
Given the severity of the injury, it's unlikely Smith will play this season; Washington drafted 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.