The rehabilitation process for Alex Smith has taken a significant step forward. The Washington Redskins quarterback has had the external fixator, which he had worn since breaking both lower bones of his right leg last November, removed nearly eight months later.
Smith’s wife Liz made the announcement on Instagram with a picture of Smith holding the contraption that held his leg together for months. She wrote: “The last 8 months have been nothing short of crazy. Although it’s not over, today is a big milestone. We are shedding the weight Alex has been carrying (literally and figuratively). It’s one step closer to the goal. The resilience, determination and mental fortitude of this man is unmatched.”
Smith has expressed optimism about his future, but the gruesome injury that snapped both his tibia and fibula has put his career in danger. The removal of the fixator is another step in a positive direction, even though he is a long way from returning to the field, the story said. The Redskins are set to begin training camp July 25 with first-round rookie Dwayne Haskins and veterans Case Keenum and Colt McCoy competing for the starting quarterback job.
Each time Sam Darnold drops back, he has options on every level of the field. Darnold, who, like Alex Smith, doesn’t receive enough credit for his athleticism, runs his fair share of read options and has the choice of keeping it or not. This puts stress on the defense. The pace is significantly higher than under Chan Gailey, John Morton or Bates.
Also from Connor Hughes of The Athletic, "I came away incredibly impressed with both Darnold’s arm strength and accuracy. He threw three perfect bombs to Robby Anderson (once) and Quincy Enunwa (twice) at different times during the six media-open workouts."
This faster speed of play is good news for the entire Jets offense when it comes to fantasy ceilings, and most can currently be had for very cheap. Sam Darnold averaged 13.0 fantasy points last season over 13 games and should have no trouble besting that in his sophomore year in the league. He makes for a great value stack in best-ball leagues with WR Robby Anderson and TE Chris Herndon, or a late-round redraft QB that has solid potential to outperform his ADP.
Nothing is official yet, but the team believes Smith will miss the entire 2019 season with his broken leg issues and are acting accordingly. If he’s ready, they will be pleasantly surprised. As we reported last week, there may not be a lot of great targets for the team in free agency, mostly because of cost.
He will not say the Redskins are looking for another quarterback, the rest of the tweet said. We reported earlier Tuesday from ESPN there may not be a lot of options in play for the Skins at QB anyway, mostly because of cost.
The Washington Redskins will struggle to find a good fit in free agency for one of their biggest needs: quarterback. With Alex Smith’s future uncertain for 2019 and beyond after a compound leg fracture, the Redskins must decide if they want to pursue more quarterback help via free agency or the draft.
They do have Colt McCoy under contract, but they need more than just one healthy quarterback. Smith’s contract makes him uncuttable until after the 2020 season; he has cap hits of $20.4 million this year and $21.4 million next season.
The Washington Redskins lost another quarterback. They lost another game, too. And a season that started to look promising a month ago now appears headed for a tough finish.
Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy broke his right fibula Monday in a 28-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, ending his season in only his second start this year. He's also the second Redskins starting quarterback to suffer such a fate. Alex Smith broke his fibula and tibia in Week 11.
Sanchez did not look good for the most part against the Eagles, but in reality he's had limited time to prepare and only learned a limited amount of plays. The Redskins will have to bring in another QB this week to backup Sanchez.
Alex Smith‘s lower leg injury was a compound fracture, meaning the bone broke through the skin, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The Washington quarterback underwent surgery Sunday night, and trauma surgeons discovered a spiral fracture, defined as a long bone broken by a rotational force.
Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith suffered two broken bones in his right leg in the third quarter of Sunday's 23-21 loss to the Houston Texans.
After Washington initially classified it as an ankle injury, coach Jay Gruden confirmed after the game that Smith had broken his tibia and fibula, the two bones in the lower leg, and would need immediate surgery.
It wasn't pretty if you happened to witness this injury, which other reports say happened 33 years ago to the day the team lost Joe Theismann to one of the most unwatchable injuries. McCoy took over for Smith and is likely the starter for the foreseeable future, based on how this injury looked.
If there’s a competition in the wide receivers room to become Alex Smith’s favorite target, Jamison Crowder has taken the early lead.
The slot receiver has been open throughout training camp, and he and his quarterback seem to have developed some quick chemistry. Smith has finished in the top 10 in the NFL in completion percentage the past four seasons, including third in 2017 at 67.5 percent. In other words, he will find the open man, and Crowder has been that guy.
Smith always has been adept at working the intermediate and underneath routes—the crossing routes and outs at which Crowder specializes. The 5-foot-9, 177-pounder isn’t running many go-routes, the story said.