Blood poured down Smith’s leg so profusely that it soaked through his sock and leaked onto his foot.
Smith had shifted back for a pass in the late second quarter of the game. Then one of his linemen stepped on him, tearing open Smith’s leg with his cleat.
But Smith was not about to let that stop him. He paused to let team trainers tape up the cut. Then he went back into the game.
It was an especially worrisome moment for Smith because in 2018, the quarterback broke both his tibia and fibula in a game against the Houston Texans. He wound up needing 17 surgeries, according to Touchdown Wire.
Smith also picked up a life-threatening infection in that leg. At one point, he was even looking at the chance of amputation.
Fortunately, it was not the same leg this time. Smith stood by looking nonplussed as team staff hurried to tape it up.
By now, Smith has learned the hard way to take life’s curveballs in stride.
“[I] try to be as positive as possible,” Smith said of his road to recovery last month, according to ESPN. “We all have our dark days… It’s tough. Everybody knows some days are great and some days are really, really tough and frustrating.”
“It’s about embracing what life brings at you,” Smith explained then. “The good, the bad and the in-between.
Smith’s team was behind 14-0 as the end of the first half approached.
Still, Smith managed to lead the Washington Football Team to a field goal just before halftime. At the half, he disappeared into the locker room to get further treatment.