The Redskins are preparing to play the 2019 season without quarterback Alex Smith, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Sunday.
Rapoport noted sources told him the Redskins “believe he’ll miss the entire season with his broken leg issues and are acting accordingly. If he’s ready, they will be pleasantly surprised.”
Smith suffered a horrific injury when he was sacked in Washington’s Nov. 18 game against the Texans. He immediately underwent surgery to repair his broken tibia and fibula, then had complications from an infection. He was hospitalized for several weeks.
While some analysts raised the prospect the 34-year-old quarterback had suffered a career-ending injury, the Redskins have remained optimistic he would play again, even if not in 2019. Now, it seems they are looking beyond next season for his potential return.
Last Monday, Smith attended a Wizards home game sporting a massive leg brace, his first public appearance since his injury.
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