Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith is reportedly dealing with leg infections caused by complications from multiple surgeries.
A source told ESPN’s Dianna Russini that Smith’s broken tibia and fibula could be a career-ending situation and the surgies he underwent recently led to infections. The quarterback has remained in the hospital since experiencing the injury on Nov. 18 against the Houston Texans. Running back Adrian Peterson said that Smith’s teammates visited him last week.
“I’ll continue to pray for him. We had the opportunity to see him last week. We all just [assured] him we’re praying for you, man, and wishing the best for him. That’s all we can do,” he said.
Cornerback Josh Norman added that the former No. 1 overall pick is a “strong man.”
“I know he’s handling it and just going through the process. … I reached out to him a couple times, go by and see him a little bit. I know it’s rough right now for us to get out that way. … He said a couple things to the team; that’s pretty cool. That was welcoming. He’s definitely in good hands; praying for him, one of our fallen brothers, we’re definitely praying for him. We’re uplifting him every way we can and that’s all you can ask for,” he said.
Smith’s injury took place 33 years to the exact date that former Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann infamously experienced a career-ending broken leg injury during a Monday Night Football game after taking a hit from future Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor.
Theismann, who was in attendance, also assumed the worst, tweeting that Smith’s “leg is exactly like mine 33 years ago” during the game.
Theismann told the Associated Press that he turned away when Smith was injured, claiming “it brought back vivid memories. The irony of today is just hard to believe.”
“My immediate thought was that my heart went out to him. I feel so bad for him. I know the road ahead,” Theismann said, adding that he sent Smith a text message of support. “We’re somewhat similar in age (when the injuries happened). He’s not 25 or 26 years of age. I was 35; he’s 34. How long will it take to come back? What is the severity?”
“I worry less about Alex and his football career than I do Alex and wanting to be able to do the things in life he wants to do.”
Smith was acquired by the Redskins in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for a third-round pick and cornerback Kendall Fuller this past offseason. The former No. 1 overall pick threw for 2,045 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions on 193 of 301 passing in 2018.
The Redskins also lost Colt McCoy, who took over in Smith’s absence, to a season-ending leg injury during Monday’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Washington currently has two quarterbacks on its depth chart: Mark Sanchez, who was signed one day after Smith’s injury and replaced McCoy on Monday and Josh Johnson, who was acquired on Wednesday following McCoy’s injury.