IRAlex Smith
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2 days 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.

IRAlex Smith
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4 days 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.

IRAlex Smith
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2 weeks 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.

IRAlex Smith
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3 weeks 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.

IRAlex Smith
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3 weeks 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.

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3 weeks ago1 Comment

Smith (lower leg) was officially placed on injured reserve Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Smith is set to spend the next 6-to-8 months recovering from surgery to repair a broken tibia and fibula in his right leg. With a fully guaranteed $15 million base salary in 2018, it would be doesn't return as the Redskins' No. 1 signal caller in 2019. However, it's not certain that Smith will do so in time for Week 1.

IRAlex Smith
QB WAS (4)
3 weeks ago

Smith had successful surgery on his broken leg and is expected to make a full recovery within 6-to-8 months, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.

EDGE Analysis

Smith went under the knife shortly after breaking his tibia and fibula during Sunday's 23-21 loss to the Texans. He'll have a chance to make it back for Week 1 of 2019, though the upcoming offseason will be a major challenge. The 34-year-old quarterback has a fully guaranteed $15 million base salary for 2019, per overthecap.com.

IRAlex Smith
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3 weeks ago1 Comment

Coach Jay Gruden told John Keim of ESPN.com after Sunday's loss to the Texans that Smith will undergo surgery on his lower right leg.

EDGE Analysis

Specifically, the tibia and fibula were noted. Smith's right leg crumpled under him on a third-quarter sack, and he required an air cast and cart to leave the field. In Smith's place, Colt McCoy completed six of 12 passes for 54 yards and one touchdown while running five times for 35 yards. As the only other QB on the roster, McCoy likely is the top candidate to start Thanksgiving day at Dallas. However, the Redskins are in the market for a free-agent pickup as soon as Monday.

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3 weeks ago5 Comments

Smith was carted off the field in the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Texans with a right ankle injury, ESPN's John Keim reports

EDGE Analysis

We'll await further details, but Smith's injury has the look of a season-ending issue. If that's the case, Colt McCoy will assume Washington's QB duties moving forward, while the team will have to add depth at the position in short order.

IRAlex Smith
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3 weeks ago1 Comment

Smith was carted off the field during Sunday's game against the Texans with a lower-leg injury.

EDGE Analysis

At first glance this one looked pretty bad and it wouldn't surprise us if Smith broke his ankle. Colt McCoy replaced Smith following his exit from the contest.