The additional surgeries Alex Smith underwent recently have pushed his best-case timetable back. The Redskins quarterback is not expected to be ready by the time the 2019 regular season begins, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports (video link).
While Smith’s playing future is up in the air, his previous rehab timeline was believed to have him ready for the preseason. Although the 34-year-old passer was released from the hospital last week, he has a long road ahead for a potential return to action.
Washington has not yet decided if it wants to draft another quarterback or take the free agent route, per Rapoport.
Smith’s recent extension ties him to Washington through 2023. Colt McCoy has one more season remaining on his contract, but the Redskins may well need to have another starter-level option in the fold.