Redskins QB Alex Smith breaks leg, will miss remainder of 2018 season

Redskins QB Alex Smith breaks leg, will miss remainder of 2018 season

Redskins quarterback Alex Smith was carted off the field in the third quarter against the Texans with an ankle injury.

After the game, Redskins coach Jay Gruden told reporters that Smith had broken both his tibia and fibula and had immediate surgery.

In a odd and sad coincidence, Smith suffered the injury 33 years to the day that former Washington quarterback Joe Theismann's leg was broken during a "Monday Night Football" game against the New York Giants.

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"I know it was very painful for [Smith] and heartbreaking for a lot of people", Gruden said after the game.

Theismann said he texted Smith shortly after his injury, saying: "I'm just so sorry".

Texans: RG Zach Fulton left with a shoulder injury on the first drive, and LG Senio Kelemete left with an ankle injury in the second quarter. For the Redskins, defensive lineman Jonathan Allen was evaluated for a concussion but returned. He left in the third quarter and didn't return after running for 87 yards on 15 carries.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers, meanwhile, failed to score in the first half and trailed by 10 late in the fourth quarter before a rally capped by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's one-yard touchdown plunge with just seconds remaining that lifted Pittsburgh to a 20-16 victory over the Jaguars in Jacksonville.

The Redskins, who entered Week 11 with a 6-3 record, are looking to win the NFC East in a year in which the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles have underachieved.

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.

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