Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith suffered a devastating lower leg fracture in his first season in D.C. The injury hospitalized the veteran for a month as he dealt with surgeries and complications.
Smith finally made his first public appearance since the injury last week. It was clear by looking at the device on his leg that he has a long road of recovery ahead of him.
Today, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport tweeted what many have suspected. The Redskins are preparing for Smith to miss the entire 2019 season.
The 34-year-old has four years remaining on his deal with Washington.
With Smith's future uncertain, perhaps the Redskins will look for a franchise quarterback in the first round of this year's draft. They could also look to bring in a veteran stopgap and draft a developmental prospect later in the draft.
After Smith went down, Washington went through three replacements, utilizing Colt McCoy, Mark Sanchez and Josh Johnson over the final month-plus of the regular season.
The Redskins finished the year with a 7-9 record.