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NFL's Alex Smith returns to play two years after life-threatening leg injury

Smith on Sunday played in his first National Football League game in almost two years.

The now 36-year-old quarterback completed a 6-yard screen pass to J.D. McKissic on his first snap since November 18, 2018.

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Smith completed the first pass he threw upon his return, a 6-yard pass to J.D. McKissic.

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Smith was substituted on in the first half of the game against the Los Angeles Rams after fellow quarterback Kyle Allen was injured. According to the NFL's official Twitter account, Smith's family was in attendance Sunday. The Washington quarterback returned from a spiral leg fracture that required multiple surgeries to recover from. But watching it in real-time and reading up on the odds of a return made it feel as if we had seen Smith's final snap.

Smith was already cleared by his surgical team when Washington reported to training camp in July, but he was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list to start camp.

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Two weeks ago, Smith was a 10-1 long shot to win the award at FanDuel, but the book trimmed his odds to 4-1 after Washington benched starting quarterback Dwayne Haskins in favor of Kyle Allen. Joe Theismann suffered a similar injury that cost him his career in 1985 with the team known as the Washington Redskins against the New York Giants.

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