Redskins QB Alex Smith reportedly battling complications after surgery on broken leg
Redskins quarterback Alex Smith reportedly has been battling complications since having surgery performed on his broken leg suffered during a Nov. 18 loss to the Houston Texans.
NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that doctors performed surgery on his leg that evening after suffering the injury to prevent an infection, but that he has since developed one.
“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,” Rapoport said.
Rapoport’s report came after Burgundy Blog cited a source who said Smith was still in the hospital and may need "partial reconstruction" surgery.
Eric Bickel, a co-host of “The Sports Junkies” on 106.7 The Fan in D.C., reported that Smith has had “devastating complications” from his surgery and has since had several follow-up surgeries to try to combat the infection.
Following reports about the complications, the Redskins released a statement in which the team seemingly acknowledged the reported issues.
“On behalf of Alex Smith, we appreciate all of the concerns and prayers over the injury he incurred on November 18th against the Houston Texans,” the statement read. “Although this is a serious injury, Alex and his family remain strong. We would ask that everyone please honor the Smith family’s request for privacy at this time.”
Smith broke his right tibula and fibula when his leg bent awkwardly while being sacked by Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and safety Kareem Jackson.
Backup Colt McCoy replaced Smith as the starter following Smith’s injury, but he too is now out for the season after suffering a fractured right fibula in the Redskins’ 28-13 loss to the Eagles on Monday.
Mark Sanchez, who was signed to serve as McCoy’s backup after Smith’s injury, will now serve as the team’s starter. Journeyman Josh Johnson was signed Tuesday to be Sanchez’s backup.