The Washington Redskins may need to open next season with a backup quarterback.
Alex Smith suffered a compound fracture in his leg after a sack last weekend against Houston. Though the injury is not expected to be career-threatening, it could delay Smith’s availability at the beginning of the 2019 season.
FOX’s Jay Glazer reported that Smith will be out 8-10 months and won’t be ready for the start of the season.
The 34-year-old is still under contract through 2022 and had $71 million guaranteed as part of the deal. The team also faces the prospect of losing Colt McCoy in free agency after the season.
Alex Smith suffered what looked like one of the most gruesome football injuries of the season on Sunday, and it has become clear that it was every bit as horrifying as it appeared.
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said after Washington’s 23-21 loss to Houston that Smith suffered a broken tibia and fibula and will undergo surgery. On Monday, Adam Schefter shared some details about the injury that are easy to understand, but far more difficult to digest.
You could tell by the way the NFL community responded to Smith’s injury that it was almost as bad as it gets, but that description really puts it into perspective. Fortunately, Smith’s injury is not considered career-threatening, though he will obviously have plenty of work to do in order to get back to full strength.
Smith will turn 35 this offseason, and Washington committed $71 million guaranteed to him last summer. He should be their starter going forward as long as he has a smooth recovery.
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.
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.
The bad injury news about Alex Smith has been confirmed.
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.
Smith was tackled on a sack in the third quarter and had his leg visibly broken. He was in clear pain and had to be carted off the field with his leg in a cast.
Smith, 34, signed a 4-year, $94 million contract with Washington that includes $71 million guaranteed. While he will be out for the rest of the season, he may be able to recover and rehab in time to play next season.
The veteran QB had 10 touchdown passes on the season and had Washington in first place in the division at the time of his injury.
Patrick Mahomes wasted no time sharing his thoughts for Alex Smith after seeing his mentor get injured on Sunday.
Mahomes, whose Kansas City Chiefs play on Monday night against the Los Angeles Rams, saw what happened to Smith and sent a tweet supporting the Washington QB:
Smith suffered a lower leg injury in the third quarter of Washington’s game against Houston and had to be carted off the field.
Mahomes was drafted by the Chiefs last year and served as Smith’s backup the entire season. Kansas City traded Smith to Washington this offseason and handed things over to Mahomes, who still has high regard for his former teammate.
Alex Smith was carted off the field after suffering a lower leg injury during the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans.
Washington had a 3rd-and-9 at the Houston 24 and Smith was tackled for a sack and loss of 14 yards. Smith was down in pain on the field, and the injury did not look good (you can see video here).
Former Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann, who notoriously suffered a horrific career-ending leg injury, said the play reminded him of what happened to him.
Smith had a cast on his lower right leg as he was carted off:
Smith was only 12/27 for 135 yards and 2 interceptions in the game, though he had Washington 6-3 on the season. Colt McCoy came on in Smith’s place and actually threw a touchdown on his first possession.
Alex Smith put the Washington Redskins in a bad spot against the Houston Texans with an ugly 101-yard pick-six on Sunday.
Washington was in the red zone trailing 10-7 in the second quarter. They had a 3rd-and-goal and seemed likely to get points on the possession and at least tie the game. Instead, Smith threw into the end zone and was intercepted by Justin Reid, who returned the ball the other direction 101 yards for a touchdown to make it 17-7.
Somewhat unbelievably, Smith was also intercepted on the team’s next possession. He was bailed out by a missed field goal and lucky it didn’t cost him points.
After having Alex Smith as his starting quarterback for his entire tenure in Kansas City, Andy Reid seems somewhat happy to finally be turning the page.
Speaking with reporters on Thursday, the Chiefs head coach was asked about the play of second-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes in camp, particularly Mahomes’ high rate of interceptions in the early going. In his reply, Reid appeared to get in a sneak diss at Mahomes’ predecessor, Smith.
“I told you at the beginning of camp I don’t care about all that stuff. I want him to test the offense,” said Reid, per Adam Teicher of ESPN. “If you don’t have the intestinal fortitude to go test it you’re going to be one of those quarterbacks who checks it down every time. That’s not what it’s all about.
“The great thing about Pat is that he never makes the same mistake twice. It doesn’t happen,” Reid continued. “When he does make a mistake he comes back and he can talk to you about it. He’s done nothing but get better and better as we go and he’s got a load on him here.”
Smith, who had been Reid’s starting quarterback since they both arrived in Kansas City in 2013, is widely known as a check-down QB who rarely, if ever, takes big shots down the field. He left to sign with the Washington Redskins this offseason, opening the door for Mahomes to start for the Chiefs.
True, Reid would often go out of his way to defend Smith over the years. But it’s definitely sounding like weariness of Smith’s conservative style may have been a factor in the team’s decision to ditch him for the 22-year-old Mahomes.
The Washington Redskins got solid quarterback play from Kirk Cousins for the better part of the last three seasons, which is more than most teams in the NFL can say. Despite that, it sounds like Cousins’ former teammates are happier with their current situation than they were a year ago.
While speaking at training camp on Tuesday, Redskins defensive back D.J. Swearinger seemingly took a shot at Cousins while heaping praise on Alex Smith. The comments came via The Sports Capitol’s Ben Standig.
We’d say Swearinger meant that as more of a compliment to Smith than a knock on Cousins, but this has become a theme since Washington parted ways with Cousins. If you remember, Redskins players were also critical of Cousins during organized team activities earlier this offseason.
Smith had by far his best season as a pro with the Kansas City Chiefs last season, and duplicating that success will be difficult in an entirely new system. Based on what Swearinger and others have said, it seems like his teammates are confident it will happen.
Every NFL team has that one offensive player who makes his team go. It can often be the quarterback, but some offenses are built around a talented running back or a dominant No. 1 receiver.
Which offensive player is most vital to each team’s success? Which player does everyone look to to get it done when it’s most needed? Here’s a look.
Arizona Cardinals — David Johnson, RB
It’s not really a coincidence that the Cardinals struggled so much last season after Johnson suffered a season-ending wrist injury after just 11 carries in the season opener. The 26-year-old scored 20 touchdowns the year before, so losing him meant the absence of their biggest playmaker. He should be ready to go this season, and Arizona will be desperate for him to return to the form that saw him lead the NFL with 2,118 yards from scrimmage in 2016.
Atlanta Falcons — Julio Jones, WR
The Falcons will want to get Jones’s contract situation squared away as quickly as possible, because Matt Ryan needs him. His yardage numbers are incredible, and he’s collected at least 1,400 yards receiving in every season since 2014, even in spite of the occasional health issue. 1,500 yards is well within reach for Jones if he is healthy in 2018.