The Redskins season took a huge hit on Sunday in their 23-21 home loss to the Houston Texans, as quarterback Alex Smith was lost for the rest of the season with a broken tibia and fibula.
The injury oddly enough took place 33 years to the day that Skins QB Joe Thiesmann suffered a broken leg at the hands of Hall of Fame LB Lawrence Taylor.
Gruden also said that Smith needs to have immediate surgery and the injury will bring an end to his first season with the team.
The injury came 33 years to the day that former Washington quarterback Joe Thiesmann suffered a similarly gruesome leg injury in a game against the Giants. Thiesmann would never play again and we certainly hope that’s not the case for Smith.
Colt McCoy rallied Washington to a 21-20 lead after Smith was injured — that marked the first lead change in a Washington game this season — but the Texans recovered to kick a field goal and hold on for a win when Dustin Hopkins‘ 63-yard field goal fell short.
There’s no other quarterback on the Washington roster, so they’ll be making a roster move in the coming days as they try to make something of their 6-4 start to the year despite the loss of their starting quarterback.
Here’s video of the injury:
Here's the Alex Smith injury. Get well soon, Alex. pic.twitter.com/ReXlYU79f4
— Ian Wharton (@NFLFilmStudy) November 18, 2018