Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith is already facing a tough road back from his season-ending leg injury. But now he’s dealing with an infection. And even worse, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports it could be career-threatening. However, Smith does remain optimistic about returning.
More on #Redskins QB Alex Smith: He’s had several procedures, sources say, and @MikeGarafolo adds they are removing tissue to clear the infection. Smith still approaches this with optimism about playing. Note: His hospital room was next to Colt McCoy’s during McCoy’s 1-night stay
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 6, 2018
However, that only goes so far. The Redskins put out their own statement as well, hoping for us to respect his family’s privacy.
Statement by the Washington Redskins: pic.twitter.com/SROL4sPVFM
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) December 6, 2018
After getting off to a 6-3 start, the Redskins have lost their last three games. Monday night, they fell to the Eagles while losing backup Colt McCoy to a broken leg. Now Mark Sanchez is ready to start for the rest of the season. Josh Johnson, who hasn’t thrown a pass in e NFL since 2011, is backing him up. Head coach Jay Gruden says everyone is trying to remain optimistic.
“It’s a tough road, and any time you have surgery on your leg, it’s not easy, but he’s got a great support system, great doctors, and hopefully he’ll recover fast,” told reporters last Thursday.
Up next, the Redskins face off against the New York Giants at home. The G-Men only have four wins this season, but have won three of four. With how each team is playing, this could be a walk in the park for the Giants.
As for Smith, we don’t know what else to say. We hope this leg injury doesn’t cost him his career. Even at 34 years old, he could still play.