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Report: Alex Smith Battling Serious Infection Following Surgery

December 06, 2018 - 1:48 pm
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WASHINGTON (WFAN) – Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith has been battling infections following surgery according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.

"Alex Smith is battling an infection related to the surgery he had on his broken fibula and tibia, sources say," Rapoport tweeted. "It’s premature to say what this means for his playing future. But it is being handled with care and dealt with seriously by doctors."

Smith required the surgery after breaking his tibia and fibula on Nov. 18 against the Houston Texans.

The Redskins released a statement requesting privacy.

"On behalf of Alex Smith, we appreciate all of the concerns and prayers over the injury he incurred on November 18th against the Houston Texans," the statement read. "Although this is a serious injury, Alex and his family remain strong. We would ask that everyone please honor the Smith family's request for privacy at this time."

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden told reporters a day following the injury that Smith did not suffer any ligament damage and quoted a recovery timeframe of six to eight months.

Mark Sanchez is current Washington's starting quarterback following injuries to Smith and Colt McCoy.