Alex Smith favored to win comeback player award

2:34 PM ET

Washington quarterback Alex Smith is defying the odds again.

The veteran quarterback, who on Sunday played in his first game since suffering a gruesome leg injury two years ago, is now the odds-on favorite to be named NFL Comeback Player of the Year by the Associated Press at FanDuel’s sportsbook.

Smith is the favorite at -330, followed by Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton, who are each listed at +420.

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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. Smith moved into the role of favorite when reports surfaced that he could ultimately end up as the team’s starter.

Smith replaced Allen late in the second quarter against the Los Angeles Rams and played the entire second half, completing 9 of 17 passes for 37 yards in his first action since Nov. 18, 2018, when he broke the fibula and tibia in his right leg.

Washington coach Ron Rivera has said that Allen, if healthy, remains the

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