Alex Smith Deals with Serious Infection Following Leg Surgery | Def Pen
Alex Smith
Alex Smith runs on the field before a game. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images North America)

Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith is dealing with a serious infection after having surgeries to repair his injured leg. Smith broke his fibula and tibia while playing against the Houston Texans on November 18th. The infection was first reported by Burgundy Blog on Twitter last night.

The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport confirmed the report earlier today.

ESPN’s Dianna Russini was told by her sources that there is concern that the injury and subsequent infection may end Alex Smith’s career.

The Washington Redskins released a statement in response to the news and while not confirming the infection, they asked for Smith’s privacy to be respected while he continues to deal with his injury.

Head coach Jay Gruden addressed the media after the news was released and at the request of Alex Smith and his wife, he did not expand on the status of Smith’s health, allowing the quarterback to do so when he was ready.

The Redskins traded for Smith this offseason and signed the veteran quarterback to a four-year extension. Adding to their difficulty, backup quarterback Colt McCoy is also out after suffering a fractured fibula in Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Washington will now start Mark Sanchez at quarterback to finish out the season.

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