UPDATE (3:25 p.m. Arrowhead Time)
Smith will have season-ending surgery due to a broken tibia and fibula, per Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
The bad news the #Redskins were dreading: QB Alex Smith will have surgery right away on a broken tibia and fibula. A stellar season is over.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 18, 2018
Former Kansas City Chiefs and current Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith suffered what appeared to be a season-ending leg injury in Washington’s game with the Houston Texans on Sunday. Smith left the field via cart and was taken to a local hospital.
Normally, we would embed a Twitter video of the injury suffered in the article, but this one is awful. If you care to watch what happened, click here.
Former Redskins great Joe Theismann, who is actually in attendance at the game, tweeted the following:
Alex’s leg is exactly like mine 33 yrs ago— Joe Theismann (@Theismann7) November 18, 2018
Theismann’s brutal injury actually occurred on the same exact day 33 years ago.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes quickly tweeted his support:
Prayers for my guy man! You will bounce back!— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes5) November 18, 2018
This is likely a terrible end to a season for Smith in which he led the Redskins to first place and a 6-3 record. Smith is an easy player to root for given his success as a Chief and the professionalism he showed once the Chiefs drafted Mahomes.
Andy Reid often credits Smith for Mahomes’ readiness to start in just his second year in the league.
Smith is signed with the Redskins through 2022, according to Spotrac, so you’d hope there’s a chance he will be ready for the 2019 season.