Redskins quarterback Alex Smith suffered a broken tibia and fibula against the Texans Sunday and will undergo surgery right away, according to coach Jay Gruden.
The tibia, also known as the shinbone, can take four to six months to heal, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, although some can take longer.
Smith was hurt while being sacked in the third quarter.
The Alex Smith injury looks brutal.pic.twitter.com/vrGVMS7EMD
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) November 18, 2018
They’re bringing out the cart for Alex Smith. If you saw the replay, Smith’s ankle is doing a complete 180. Players are coming to the middle of the field with helmets off to see Smith off on the cart. Texans sideline is also coming over to console him
— Rhiannon Walker (@InstantRHIplay) November 18, 2018
Smith was replaced by Colt McCoy under center.
The Texans won, 23-21.