The Houston Texans’ J.J. Watt and Kareem Jackson sacked Smith in that NFL game, snapping the fibula and tibia bones in his lower leg.
In a clip posted Tuesday from an upcoming documentary on his recovery on the ESPN show “E:60” titled “Project 11,” Smith showed off his leg after all the procedures. (Note to readers: Stop here if you’re squeamish.)
Smith, who was his team’s No. 11, plays a tour guide of sorts, describing the skin grafts and scarring, the transfer of thigh muscles from his good leg onto his damaged leg, the insertion of rods.
“It did its job,” he said of the operations. “Saved my leg.”
Smith said he’s “lucky to be alive,” but that hasn’t stopped him from pondering the inconceivable: a return to the game.
“Football might not be out of the question,” he says in “Project 11,” per For the Win. “Can I go play quarterback again? Can I push it that far?”
“Project 11” premieres May 1 on ESPN.