People have been very curious about the lack of updates on Alex Smith and his surgery for his broken tibia and fibula on November 18th. The Redskins QB needed immediate surgery for the open fracture to try to prevent infection. The Redskins original timeframe for his recovery was 6-8 months. Jay Glazer reported the spiral fracture would take closer to 8-10 months.
Rumors started last night about complications with the surgery and recovery. Burgundy Blog reported that Alex Smith was still in the hospital due to an infection, and more work needed to be done.
My curiosity about Alex Smith's silence evoked a tip, which prompted some research, which yielded more info, which feels solid. I'm told Smith indeed still in hospital with post-op infection. Will likely require re-intervention, incl possibly "partial reconstruction."— Burgundy Blog (@BurgundyBlog) December 6, 2018
Eric Bickel from the Sports Junkies reported this morning that Smith has had multiple surgeries due to the complications and infections following his initial surgery.
Hearing from several different people over last few days that Alex Smith is having devastating complications from his broken leg surgery battling infection. Supposedly he's had multiple surgeries to try to combat infection. Chances of him playing again in real jeaopardy.— Eric Bickel (@EBJunkies) December 6, 2018
The national NFL media caught wind of the story, and Ian Rapoport also reports that Smith is battling infection from the surgery.
#Redskins QB Alex Smith is battling an infection related to the surgery he had on his broken fibula and tibia, sources say. It’s premature to say what this means for his playing future. But it is being handled with care and dealt with seriously by doctors.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 6, 2018
More on #Redskins QB Alex Smith: He’s had several procedures, sources say, and @MikeGarafolo adds they are removing tissue to clear the infection. Smith still approaches this with optimism about playing. Note: His hospital room was next to Colt McCoy’s during McCoy’s 1-night stay— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 6, 2018
This led to the Redskins making an official statement 11 minutes after Rapoport’s report asking for privacy for Alex Smith and his family.
Statement by the Washington Redskins: pic.twitter.com/SROL4sPVFM— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) December 6, 2018
This is obviously a serious injury, and the infections could have major long-term affects on Smith’s health and his career. Redskins fans are obviously concerned about how this affects their beloved team long-term, and those questions will be answered when the time is right. But right now Alex Smith and his family are dealing with a traumatic, ongoing experience.