Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith will never forget what happened on third-and-nine in the third quarter, on November 18, 2018. That’s the day he was sacked by Kareem Jackson and J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans.
The play not only put the former Ute in the backfield for a big loss, it ended his season.
The sack forced Smith to land awkwardly on his leg. Smith covered up his face with his hands to hide the pain. It was too late. Everyone already witnessed the agony on his face.
If you wish to see the play, here’s a link: https://twitter.com/ASAP_SportsNews/status/1064267796446617609
Members of both teams took a knee and prayed. They watched in disbelief, as Smith was loaded onto a cart, and then walked over to wish him well.
It was later determined that the 34-year-old broke both the fibula and tibia in his right leg. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he underwent surgery.
On the exact same day 33 years ago, former Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann suffered a career-ending injury when he broke the same two bones in his right leg against the New York Giants.
Alex’s leg is exactly like mine 33 yrs ago— Joe Theismann (@Theismann7) November 18, 2018
I feel so bad for him.— Joe Theismann (@Theismann7) November 18, 2018
It’s unknown how long Smith’s recovery will take. What we do know is that Colt McCoy will have to step up for the Redskins.
McCoy replaced Smith on Sunday and almost led the Redskins to a comeback win.