Alex Smith suffers ankle injury, heads to hospital

Brian Tinsman
November 18, 2018 - 3:27 pm
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With the Washington Redskins attempting to mount a second-half comeback vs. the Houston Texans, quarterback Alex Smith took a hit at full speed during a deep dropback.

The resulting hit caused Smith and the defender to roll over his leg, which bent in a way that it really shouldn't.

We won't speculate on the injury, but please be aware that the footage shown on the broadcast was graphic:

For obvious reasons, Smith stayed on the ground after the play and was attended to be the team's medical staff until he was lifted and carted off the field. Shown going into the tunnel, he was in obvious anguish.

The CBS sideline reporter said that he was ruled out for the game after an X-ray at the stadium and immediately transported to the local hospital.

To make things even worse for Redskins fans, Nov. 18, 1985 (exactly 33 years ago), is the day that Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann suffered his career-ending leg injury in a similar fashion:

Backup Colt McCoy entered the game in Smith's place and immediately threw an eight-yard touchdown to tight end Jordan Reed.

The team does not carry a third quarterback, and the sideline reporter suggested that either Reed or rookie receiver Trey Quinn could be the team's emergency option if McCoy goes down. Both players played quarterback in high school, but this would obviously not be an ideal situation.

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