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Redskins quarterback Alex Smith out for season with fractured fibula and tibia

Redskins quarterback Alex Smith out for season with fractured fibula and tibia

The 34-year-old did the damage while being sacked in the third quarter and was replaced by Colt McCoy under center. As Smith left the field he waved to the crowd and put his hands together as if in a prayer.

After Washington initially classified it as an ankle injury, coach Jay Gruden confirmed after the game that Smith had broken his tibia and fibula and would need immediate surgery.

Smith's injury occurred 33 years to the day after former Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann's leg was broken on a sack by New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor during a nationally televised game. Luckily for Smith, though, science and medicine have progressed significantly in the three decades since Theismann's injury, which should give him a better chance of making a full recovery.

The Redskins and Texans players took a knee when Alex Smith remained on the ground. "I worry less about Alex and his football career than I do Alex and wanting to be able to do the things in life he wants to do".

Washington acquired Smith from the Kansas City Chiefs in an offseason trade. Leonard Fournette ran for 95 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries but Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger overcame a slow start to throw for 314 yards and two touchdowns before diving in for the game-winner himself with five seconds left.




Smith went 13-of-28 for 135 yards and two interceptions before leaving the game.

The 6-4 Redskins now face a Thanksgiving showdown for the NFC East division lead against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday.

"I've just got to keep trusting the guys up front", Miller said.

Washington receiver Trey Quinn made a major impact in his return after missing more than two months with a high-ankle sprain. "So we'll see how he does", Gruden said.

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