More details are being revealed surrounding Alex Smith’s recovery following his broken fibula and tibia injury he suffered last month following reports that Smith is dealing battling an infection after surgery to repair his compound fracture. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo, Smith underwent several procedures, including removing tissue to clear the infection he had following the initial Nov. 18 surgery.
More on #Redskins QB Alex Smith: He’s had several procedures, sources say, and @MikeGarafolo adds they are removing tissue to clear the infection. Smith still approaches this with optimism about playing. Note: His hospital room was next to Colt McCoy’s during McCoy’s 1-night stay
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 6, 2018
According to the report, Smith still is approaching the serious situation with optimism towards playing football again. However, Diana Russini of ESPN reports that sources have informed her that Smith’s injury is indeed career-threatening.
Redskins QB Alex Smith is still recovering from multiple surgeries. The QB is dealing with an infection from complications. Told by sources there is serious concern this is a career-threatening injury.
— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) December 6, 2018
There is no doubt Smith faced an uphill battle when the injury occurred as he was sacked in the third quarter of a Week 11 game against the Houston Texans. However, the more details being revealed are troubling and concerning and increases the doubt that he may not return to playing football again.
As reports have surfaced throughout the day spearheaded initially by the Burgundy Blog, the Washington Redskins have stepped in the forefront by releasing a statement asking for privacy on the behalf of Smith and his family.