It hasn’t been a great month for Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith. His season would come to an end after a tibia and fibula fracture. But now, it’s getting even worse. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that Smith is now battling an infection. At this time, we don’t know how serious the infection is. But it doesn’t sound simple, according to Rapoport.
#Redskins QB Alex Smith is battling an infection related to the surgery he had on his broken fibula and tibia, sources say. It’s premature to say what this means for his playing future. But it is being handled with care and dealt with seriously by doctors.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 6, 2018
As things stand, the 34-year-old is under contract with Washington through the 2022 season. Though, we’re not going to look ahead and assume he’ll make it that far. Coming back from the injury, especially at his age, is already in doubt. But now an infection? We’ll see what the immediate future holds.
Without Smith, the Redskins have lost three straight to fall to 6-6. Monday night against the Eagles, Colt McCoy broke his leg as well. That means they’ll be relying on Mark Sanchez the rest of the way. In Smith’s last start — a game against the Texans — Washington couldn’t hang onto the lead after he left the game. Now they’re facing a fight just to get into the playoffs.
In 10 games with the Redskins this season, the 14-year vet completed 62.5% of his passes for 2,180 yards, 10 touchdowns and five interceptions. Here’s to hoping he comes out of this okay.