The Washington Redskins lost on Sunday to the Houston Texans. On paper, that doesn’t sound so bad. After all, that’s Houston’s seventh straight victory. But things took an awful turn in the third quarter when Washington QB Alex Smith went down with a nasty-looking leg injury. So nasty, in fact, that former great Joe Theismann would weigh in on it. And he knows a thing or two about horrific leg injuries.
Alex’s leg is exactly like mine 33 yrs ago
— Joe Theismann (@Theismann7) November 18, 2018
He wasn’t wrong. Per John Keim of ESPN, Smith would require immediate surgery.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Alex Smith broke his tibia and fibia and will require immediate surgery.
— John Keim (@john_keim) November 18, 2018
We’re not going to be reckless and say this will mark the end of Smith’s career. But Theismann never did play again after his injury. And, Smith is 34 years old. Injuries like this are never good no matter the age. But at his age, it’s that much tougher. The Redskins didn’t just lose their game on Sunday. They may have lost their season too.
As for the former first overall pick, we hope he recovers as quickly as possible. Nobody deserves that. On the season, Smith was completing 64.1 percent of his passes for 2,045 yards, 10 touchdowns, and three interceptions. Up next, Washington travels to Dallas to face the Cowboys on Thursday.
At this rate, that matchup will be the division’s biggest of the season. And if the starter can’t go, it might be up to former Texas Longhorns great Colt McCoy.