The scene during the Washington Redskins’ Week 11 matchup against the Houston Texans was filled with all different types of emotions. Arguably the two that stood out most were concern and fear, as the injury quarterback Alex Smith suffered was not only gruesome but seemed incredibly severe. Unfortunately, it did prove to be severe, and the question currently isn’t when Smith will return to the field, but if he’ll ever play in the NFL again.
Below is the video of the injury courtesy of Ian Wharton of Optimum Scouting.
*NOTE: The video is graphic and may be tough to watch.
Here’s the Alex Smith injury. Get well soon, Alex. pic.twitter.com/ReXlYU79f4
— Ian Wharton (@NFLFilmStudy) November 18, 2018
It’s a terrible scene and one that is truly tough to watch. Smith was evaluated by trauma surgeons after the injury and there was quite a bit revealed from the injury. Unfortunately for the Redskins quarterback, it seems his road to any possible return is very much up in the air.
Let’s take a look at the latest details of the injury, player reactions and where things stand for the 34-year-old signal-caller.
Details of Injury
After it was first revealed that Smith had suffered both a broken tibia and fibula, ESPN’s Adam Schefter provided additional information. He specifically cited that Smith’s injury was a compound fracture, meaning the bone broke through the skin and that he also suffered a spiral fracture in his leg.
Alex Smith suffered a compound fracture – meaning the bone broke through his skin, per source. Trauma surgeons discovered Smith suffered a spiral fracture in his leg – defined as a long bone broken by a rotational force. Smith, 34, faces a lengthy rehab process to try to return.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 19, 2018
The news was brutal for the Redskins quarterback, and as The Athletic’s Tarik El-Bashir revealed, a medical expert provided a timeline of 6-8 months that he’ll be sidelined. This was just a ballpark, though, as there’s been no official word on his potential return to the field. As El-Bashir also revealed, Dr. David Chao, former team doctor for the Chargers, does not believe it’s career-ending for Smith.
“He’s facing a long uphill battle,” said Chao, who was in medical school and watching Monday Night Football when Theismann got hurt. “It’s tough rehab. In some ways, it’s tougher than an ACL tear. It’s a big, bad injury. But I don’t see it ending his career for several reasons. We all know the similarities to Joe Theismann. But it’s different now. This is just by video – I haven’t examined either Alex Smith or Joe Theismann – but 33 years ago, technology was different, rehab techniques obviously were a lot different.”
“Is Alex on the wrong side of 30? Yes,” Chao added. “But, by the eye test, he did not look like he was in his last year or even two. I don’t see Alex quitting …read more