Redskins QB Smith breaks tibia, fibula; surgery looms
Redskins quarterback Alex Smith broke his right tibia and fibula against the Houston Texans on Sunday and will require immediate surgery, head coach Jay Gruden told reporters after the game.
Smith was carted off the field during the third quarter, his right lower leg in an air cast, after being sacked by J.J. Watt and Kareem Jackson. His right foot got caught underneath him and bent awkwardly, and he remained down for several minutes before being carted off the field.
Colt McCoy replaced Smith at quarterback, throwing a touchdown to Jordan Reed on his first attempt to cut Washington's deficit to 17-14 late in the third quarter. Washington took a 21-20 lead early in the fourth quarter on a touchdown run by Adrian Peterson, but the Texans rallied for a 23-21 victory.
Smith, 34, arrived in D.C. via trade this offseason from the Kansas City Chiefs, where he started 76 games over five seasons. He signed a four-year, $94 million contract with the Redskins shortly after the trade.
Entering Sunday, McCoy had not attempted a pass since the 2015 season. He hasn't started a game since 2014, his first year in Washington.
--Field Level Media
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