Social media reacts to Alex Smith's return

3:32 PM ET

Jeremy WillisESPN.com

Alex Smith, who hasn’t played since a gruesome leg injury two years ago, entered Sunday’s Washington Football Team game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Smith came in after starting QB Kyle Allen was hurt on a third-down run.

On Nov. 18, 2018, against the Houston Texans, Smith broke the tibia and fibula in his right leg. The injury required 17 surgeries to repair and Smith had to deal with an infection that doctors feared might lead to amputation.

When he entered the game, Smith got a standing ovation from his family, which was in attendance in Washington. Social media responded, in awe of Smith’s return.

What a journey for Alex Smith 👏 pic.twitter.com/rD6Kgl2TfA

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 11, 2020

Nearly two years after a life-threatening leg injury, Alex Smith has returned to the field.

(via @NFL) pic.twitter.com/kBrDyHAvBT

— ESPN (@espn) October 11, 2020

Alex Smith’s family giving him a standing ovation as he takes the field for the first time is nearly two years is everything 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/HYecOJBloN

— Field Yates (@FieldYates) October 11, 2020

Alex Smith you’re a beast!

— Eric Hosmer (@TheRealHos305) October 11, 2020

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