The Washington Redskins had themselves a downright awful Sunday, as they experienced defeat in an important game and the
Washington lost at home to the Houston Texans 23-21 in a game that would've kept them and the Dallas Cowboys separated by two games in the NFC East, but the main takeaway from the matchup was the gruesome injury to quarterback Alex Smith. After a tackle knocked the veteran QB to the ground at an awkward angle, his leg bent to a severe degree that would make even those with iron stomachs a bit uneasy.
Unfortunately, we've got even more disturbing news on the awful incident.
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
Smith was officially diagnosed with a compound fracture, indicating that a bone broke through the skin containing it. His injury was also characterized as a spiral fracture caused by a harsh, unnatural rotation.
The devastating moment was immediately compared to that of Joe Theismann
This. Early concerns for Smith post-op are potential for infection, compartment syndrome. After early healing takes place, hopefully without incident, getting full motion at ankle and strength in lower leg are key to full recovery. https://t.co/FcKOcmhfIu— Stephania Bell (@Stephania_ESPN) November 19, 2018
Smith faces an extended recovery process, and his 34 years of age make the journey even harder. It wouldn't be a reach to believe that he may not make a return at all.
Unfortunately for the players in a violent sport like this one, it's simply part of the risk inherent to the game.
The hope is that Smith succeeds in his rehabilitation and is able to return on his own terms.