Report: Alex Smith’s injury is not believed to be career-threatening
Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith suffered one of the most gruesome injuries of the 2018 NFL season on Sunday, but fortunately his long-term prognosis fairly positive.
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said after Washington’s 23-21 loss to Houston on Sunday that Smith suffered a broken tibia and fibula and will undergo surgery. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported on Monday that the injury is not believed to be career-threatening.
From @GMFB: #Redskins QB Alex Smith had surgery last night on his broken tibia and fibula, an injury not considered career-threatening. The team moves forward with Colt McCoy on a short week. pic.twitter.com/DQUsN7ZTCv
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 19, 2018
Smith will turn 35 this offseason, so age is one thing that could be working against him with his rehab and recovery. However, Washington obviously believed he had plenty of good football left when signing him to a four-year, $94 million contract with Washington with $71 million guaranteed before the season. As long as his health cooperates, there’s no reason to believe he can’t continue to be the starter going forward.
The way the NFL community responded to Smith’s injury showed how much of a respected veteran he is and just how bad the injury looked. It’s good to hear that he should be expected to make a full recovery.