Redskins’ Alex Smith Battling “Career-Threatening” Infections In Broken Leg
Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith may never play football again due to an infection caused by complications from multiple surgeries on his broken leg, according to reports.
Smith, 34, broke the tibia and fibula in his right leg during a Week 11 loss to the Houston Texans on November 18 and has remained in the hospital since then.
Redskins players and coaches visited Smith in the hospital last week.
“I’ll continue to pray for him. We had the opportunity to see him last week. We all just [assured] him we’re praying for you, man, and wishing the best for him. That’s all we can do,” says Adrian Peterson, per ESPN.
Cornerback Josh Norman added, “I know he’s handling it and just going through the process. … I reached out to him a couple times, go by and see him a little bit. I know it’s rough right now for us to get out that way. … He said a couple things to the team; that’s pretty cool. That was welcoming. He’s definitely in good hands; praying for him, one of our fallen brothers, we’re definitely praying for him. We’re uplifting him every way we can and that’s all you can ask for.”
Smith’s backup, Colt McCoy, also suffered a broken right fibula during Monday night’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, leaving the team with Mark Sanchez as their starter. The team also signed Josh Johnson earlier this week as Sanchez’s backup.
The 6-6 Redskins have lost three straight but they’re still just one-game back of the Dallas Cowboys, who currently sit atop the NFC East at 7-5. Washington will host the New York Giants in Week 14 this Sunday.