Washington quarterback Alex Smith suffered a season-ending leg damage in opposition to the Houston Texans on Sunday.

Smith was dropping again to go within the second half when he was taken down awkwardly by Kareem Jackson and J.J. Watt. Below the load of each defenders, Smith’s proper leg crumbled, leaving him in a heap on the sector.

Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith suffered a season-ending damage on Sunday in opposition to the Houston Texans. (AP)

Smith tossed his helmet and buried his head in his jersey instantly after the hit whereas medical attendants shortly referred to as for a cart to take away him from the sector. After the sport, the crew formally introduced that Smith suffered a damaged proper tibia and fibula and can endure surgical procedure immediately.

If the damage weren’t already ugly sufficient, the play occurred 33 years to the day after New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor sacked Washington’s Joe Theismann, breaking his tibia and fibula and ending Theismann’s profession.

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The similarities weren’t misplaced on Theismann, both, who watched Smith’s damage from the stands at FedEx Area.

Backup quarterback Colt McCoy completed the sport for Washington, which fell 23-21 after lacking a last-second area aim.

Washington’s gamble on Smith

Washington focused Smith early final offseason after it turned clear that franchise quarterback Kirk Cousins wasn’t the franchise quarterback.

Kansas Metropolis was greater than keen to half with Smith as Patrick Mahomes emerged as its starter of the long run. It despatched Smith to Washington for cornerback Kendall Fuller and a third-round decide within the 2018 draft.

To indicate dedication to its new quarterback, Washington handed Smith a four-year, $94 million contract extension. Fortuitously for Smith, that deal included a $71 million assure if he received injured.

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Even nonetheless, nobody may’ve predicted a state of affairs like this. Smith is 34 — two years youthful than Theismann was on the time of his damage — and it’s too early to invest what Smith’s restoration will appear like.

Washington was sitting atop the NFC East standings on Sunday morning and can want some severe assist transferring ahead to remain there. McCoy is listed because the No. 2 quarterback however has a profession QBR of 78.9 (26 touchdowns, 23 interceptions).

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Greater than midway by the season, Washington should discover a new beginning quarterback to take it by the common season and, hopefully, past. Then it should assess what kind of profession Smith can have transferring ahead.

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