Ex-49ers quarterback Alex Smith back on his feet again — can karma be far behind?

Smith, in the midst of a successful 2018 season, broke two bones in his right leg during a Nov. 18 game

14. WASHINGTON (2-2) No in between for Washington. They’ve either been very good or very bad — on alternate weeks. Supporting cast not good enough to benefit from Alex Smith.
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We’re only in OTA season, yet the NFL has its first feel-good moment of 2019.

Alex Smith dropped in on his Washington teammates Thursday, and the former 49er looked glad to be there.

Last time we saw him on a football field, Smith was being carted off with a gruesome injury to his right leg. Sacked by the Texans J.J. Watt, Smith’s fibula and tibia were snapped. Eerily, the injury occurred on the 33rd anniversary of a similarly devastating injury to Washington quarterback Joe Theismann.

Aside from lobbing a football or two, Smith did not practice. According to theislandpacket.com, he still wears an external fixator on his injured leg. The team’s web site reported he is not expected to play in 2019. Theismann was unable to resume his career.

Though he doesn’t appear to have the pity party gene, Smith has endured an extraordinary number and nature of ups and downs during his NFL career.

Selected with the first pick of the 2005 NFL draft, Smith lost more games than he won in his first six seasons with the 49ers under defensive-minded head coaches Mike Nolan and Mike Singletary. The hiring of Jim Harbaugh, a former NFL quarterback, jolted the team’s offense to life. Smith was playing well in Harbaugh’s second season when he suffered a concussion. While Smith was convalescing, Harbaugh switched quarterbacks, giving the job to Colin Kaepernick. Smith watched the 49ers Super Bowl appearance that season from the sideline.

He was traded to Kansas City in 2013. So began a beautiful partnership with Smith and Chiefs coach Andy Reid. The Chiefs moved the ball with ease and made the playoffs in four of the next five seasons. Alas, they were 1-4 in the postseason and never advanced past the divisional round. Ultimately the team drafted Patrick Mahomes as Smith’s replacement. Smith mentored Mahomes for one season and then was dealt to Washington, where he received a $94 million contract extension.

He had Washington at 6-3 when he was injured. The team, doing what it had to do under the circumstances, selected Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins No. 7 in April’s draft.

There’s no telling what fate has for Smith now, only that he deserves a shipload of industrial-strength of karma for his trouble.

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