Alex Smith suffered a devastating leg injury in his first season with the Washington Redskins. The surgery needed to repair the fracture and the complications that arose kept Smith hospitalized for a month.
As the offseason has rolled on, it has looked increasingly likely that Smith will miss the entire 2019 season as he recovers. Last month, a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport indicated that the Redskins are preparing to not have Smith available this fall.
Speaking with NBC Sports’ JP Finlay at a charity event in D.C. today, Redskins running back Chris Thompson confirmed the likelihood that we won’t see Smith anytime soon. Thompson said a 2019 return for Smith is “probably not going to happen.”
— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) February 12, 2019
Assuming Smith does miss the entire 2019 campaign, it will be interesting to see where the Redskins turn. Colt McCoy will be back and presumably healthy, but McCoy also broke his leg in 2018 and has dealt with injury issues throughout his NFL career.
Perhaps Washington turns to the free agent market for a veteran stopgap, or takes a chance on drafting its quarterback of the future.
After all, there’s no guarantee what Smith will look like if and when he does return to the field in 2020.
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