The Redskins reportedly aren't planning on Smith (lower leg) taking the field in 2019, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. The Redskins have yet to make an official statement, but it's not at all surprising the team would take a cautious mindset with Smith still early in his recovery. The veteran quarterback was recently seen utilizing crutches and sporting a sizable brace in the wake of multiple surgeries to repair a broken fibula and tibula in his right leg, as well as a subsequent infection that caused additional complications. The Redskins seem likely to utilize the draft or free agency to bring some more stability to their quarterback situation.
Smith was spotted in Washington on Monday donning a sizable brace on his surgically repaired right leg, Ben Standig of NBC Sports Washington reports. Smith was in attendance for the NBA's Washington Wizards' home game and required the assistance of crutches to move about the arena. It's not surprising that Smith isn't able to walk on his own yet after he required multiple surgeries to repair a broken fibula and tibia. He also experienced additional complications when the surgeries resulted in an infection, which further clouds Smith's chances of playing in 2019. At this point, Washington hasn't ruled Smith out for the upcoming season, but expect the team to address its quarterback room through the draft or free agency in the months to come if for no other reason than insurance.
Smith remains in the early stages of his recovery from a broken fibula and tibia in his right leg, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. "We're obviously hopeful he can turn a corner and start the rehab process and possibly get back on the field," coach Jay Gruden said Monday. "That's all we can hope for right now." After undergoing emergency surgery on his lower right leg Nov. 18, Smith contended with an infection that delayed his rehabilitation of the injury. With a recovery timetable of 8-to-10 months, he'll be hard-pressed to be available for Week 1 of the 2019 campaign. The Redskins enter the offseason with just one other quarterback under contract for next season -- Colt McCoy -- who joins Smith on the older side of 30. Their approach with the rest of the QB room will be telling for the future, even with Smith basically locked up through at least 2020.
Smith isn't expected to be ready to play at the start of the 2019 season while he continues to recover from an infection stemming from his multiple surgeries to address a broken fibula and tibia in his right leg, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Smith remains hospitalized after experiencing complications from the procedures he required to address the gruesome injury he sustained Nov. 18 against the Texans. The quarterback was always set to face a lengthy rehab regardless, but the infection has added another layer of concern that could threaten Smith's availability not just for 2019, but for the remainder of his career. After trading for Smith last March and signing him to a four-year, $94 million contract, the Redskins could be in the market for a new starting quarterback in free agency or the draft this offseason if they're not confident the 34-year-old will be able to return to his previous form.
Smith developed an infection after undergoing surgery in November to address a broken fibula and tibia in his right leg, sources informed Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Smith isn't far enough removed from surgery yet for doctors to give a firm forecast for his outlook, but the infection could provide additional complications in his recovery from an injury that was already being viewed as a threat to end his career. The quarterback is expected to receive regular treatment over the next several months to remove the infection and hopefully improve his long-term prognosis, but his playing future very much hangs in the balance. The Redskins also lost Smith's replacement -- Colt McCoy (lower leg) -- to a potential season-ending injury in the Week 13 loss to the Eagles, leaving Mark Sanchez next in line to direct the offense.
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