OUTAlex Smith
QB WAS (10)
2 weeks ago

Coach Jay Gruden relayed Wednesday that Smith (lower leg) should be able to remove his fixator cast in around a month, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.

EDGE Analysis

While the development amounts to progress for Smith, he's still expected to sit out the 2019 campaign after suffering a gruesome leg injury in Week 11 of last season. Smith was at least spotted walking outside Wednesday and should gradually increase his activity in the ensuing months. Washington traded for Case Keenum and invested a first-round pick into Dwayne Haskins this offseason, leaving Smith's long-term status with the team in question.

OUTAlex Smith
QB WAS (10)
5 months ago

The Redskins reportedly aren't planning on Smith (lower leg) taking the field in 2019, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Redskins have yet to make an official statement, but it's not at all surprising the team would take a cautious mindset with Smith still early on in his recovery. The veteran quarterback was recently seen utilizing crutches and sporting a sizable brace in the wake of multiple surgeries to repair a broken fibula and tibula in his right leg, as well as a subsequent infection that caused additional complications. The Redskins seem likely to utilize the draft or free agency to bring some more stability to their quarterback situation.

OUTAlex Smith
QB WAS (10)
5 months ago

Smith was spotted in Washington on Monday donning a sizable brace on his surgically repaired right leg, Ben Standig of NBC Sports Washington reports.

EDGE Analysis

Smith was in attendance for the NBA's Washington Wizards' home game and required the assistance of crutches to move about the arena. It's not surprising that Smith isn't able to walk on his own yet after he required multiple surgeries to repair a broken fibula and tibia. He also experienced additional complications when the surgeries resulted in an infection, which further clouds Smith's chances of playing in 2019. At this point, Washington hasn't ruled Smith out for the upcoming season, but expect the team to address their quarterback room through the draft or free agency in the months to come if for no other reason than insurance.

OUTAlex Smith
QB WAS (10)
5 months ago

Smith remains in the early stages of his recovery from a broken fibula and tibia in his right leg, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. "We're obviously hopeful he can turn a corner and start the rehab process and possibly get back on the field," coach Jay Gruden said Monday. "That's all we can hope for right now."

EDGE Analysis

After undergoing emergency surgery on his lower right leg Nov. 18, Smith contended with an infection that delayed his rehabilitation of the injury. With a recovery timetable of 8-to-10 months, he'll be hard-pressed to be available for Week 1 of the 2019 campaign. The Redskins enter the offseason with just one other quarterback under contract for next season -- Colt McCoy -- who joins Smith on the older side of 30. Their approach with the rest of the QB room will be telling for the future, even with Smith basically locked up through at least 2020.

OUTAlex Smith
QB WAS (10)
6 months ago

Smith (lower leg) has been released from the hospital, Adam Schefter and John Keim of ESPN.com report.

EDGE Analysis

Smith underwent multiple surgeries on a broken fibula and tibia, which resulted in complications due to infection. The incident leaves Smith's future in football uncertain. There is optimism, but not certainty, that Smith will be able to resume his career.

OUTAlex Smith
QB WAS (10)
6 months ago

Smith isn't expected to be ready to play at the start of the 2019 season while he continues to recover from an infection stemming from his multiple surgeries to address a broken fibula and tibia in his right leg, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Smith remains hospitalized after experiencing complications from the procedures he required to address the gruesome injury he sustained Nov. 18 against the Texans. The quarterback was always set to face a lengthy rehab regardless, but the infection has added another layer of concern that could threaten Smith's availability not just for 2019, but for the remainder of his career. After trading for Smith last March and signing him to a four-year, $94 million contract, the Redskins could be in the market for a new starting quarterback in free agency or the draft this offseason if they're not confident the 34-year-old will be able to return to his previous form.

OUTAlex Smith
QB WAS (10)
6 months ago

Smith developed an infection after undergoing surgery in November to address a broken fibula and tibia in his right leg, sources informed Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

EDGE Analysis

Smith isn't far enough removed from surgery yet for doctors to give a prognosis, but the infection could provide additional complications in his recovery from an injury that was already being viewed as a threat to end his career. The quarterback is expected to receive regular treatment over the next several months to remove the infection and hopefully improve his long-term outlook, but his playing future very much remains in jeopardy. The Redskins also lost Smith's replacement -- Colt McCoy (lower leg) -- to a potential season-ending injury in the Week 13 loss to the Eagles, leaving Mark Sanchez next in line to direct the offense.

OUTAlex Smith
QB WAS (10)
7 months ago

The Redskins are optimistic that Smith (lower leg) will be able to resume his career in 2019, though doctors are maintaining a "wait-and-see" attitude with regards to the quarterback's future outlook, sources tell Adam Schefter of ESPN.

EDGE Analysis

The 34-year-old suffered one of the more gruesome-looking injuries in recent memory in the Redskins' Week 11 loss to the Texans, with doctors ultimately diagnosing him with a fractured tibia and fibula in his right leg shortly after he was carted off the field. According to Schefter, Smith's injury included the bone breaking through his skin, which could result in a longer rehab than what otherwise might be associated with such an injury. For what it's worth, coach Jay Gruden recently estimated Smith's timeline for recovery at 6-to-8 months, though it would be surprising if the veteran were on the field for the start of training camp next summer. While Smith is out for at least the remainder of 2018, the 6-5 Redskins will cast their lot with Colt McCoy under center as they look to hold off Dallas (6-5) and Philadelphia (5-6) for the NFC East crown.

OUTAlex Smith
QB WAS (10)
7 months ago1 Comment

Smith (lower leg) will require 8-to-10 months to recover fully, which could impact his availability for Week 1 of the 2019 season, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.

EDGE Analysis

Initially expected to be sidelined 6-to-8 months, Smith's expanded recovery timetable may stem from what surgeons discovered during emergency surgery on Nov. 18. Among his fractures, he suffered compound and spiral breaks of the tibia and fibula in his right leg. Smith will have to regain motion in his ankle while strengthening his lower right leg before gaining medical clearance to play again. In the short term, the Redskins will trust Colt McCoy to fend off the rest of the NFC East in pursuit of a playoff spot.

OUTAlex Smith
QB WAS (10)
7 months ago

Smith's season-ending injury included compound and spiral fractures in his right leg, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

What was already known to be a gruesome injury became even more so following Schefter's report. While Smith is expected to require 6-to-8 months of recovery, the immediate concerns are the potential for infection and compartment syndrome, per Stephania Bell of ESPN. Beyond that duo, the biggest steps in Smith's rehab will be regaining full range of motion in his right ankle and strength in his lower right leg. With a long and winding road in front of him, he can at least look forward to a fully guaranteed base salary of $15 million for the 2019 campaign, even if he's not ready for Week 1. In the meantime, Colt McCoy will finish out the current season as the Redskins' starting signal-caller.