Sources: Smith suffering 'devastating' surgery complications

Ben Krimmel
December 06, 2018 - 10:53 am
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Three weeks after suffering a gruesome leg injury, Redskins quarterback Alex Smith's football future may be in real jeopardy, sources tell Eric Bickel of The Sports Junkies.

According to Bickel, Smith is suffering "devastating complications" from the initial surgery on his broken leg and has undergone multiple subsequent surgeries to combat infection.

"Chances of him playing again in real jeaopardy (sic)," Bickel wrote on Twitter.

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport later reported Smith was dealing with an infection, but said it is "premature to say what this means for his playing future."

Rapoport later added Smith has had procedures to remove "tissue to clear the infection" from his leg.

David J. Chao, a former NFL head team doctor and practicing orthopedic surgeon, tweeted infection is always a worry with an injury like Smith's, but surgery and antibiotics mean it "is rarely a long term complication."

The Redskins released a statement Thursday thanking fans for their prayers and asked for "everyone to please honor the Smith family's request for privacy at this time."

Smith first underwent surgery November 18 after suffering a compound fracture after breaking his tibia and fibula in Week 11 against the Texans.

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