Alex Smith’s compound fracture will require 6-8 month recovery

AP

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 coach Jay Gruden said Monday that surgery went well, and the team expects a full recovery.

Gruden said Smith faces a 6-8 month rehab.

Washington officially placed Smith on injured reserve Monday and signed Mark Sanchez to take his roster spot. Colt McCoy will start Thanksgiving Day in a first-place NFC East showdown against the Cowboys.

Smith, 34, finished his first season in Washington with a 6-4 record, a 62.5 completion percentage, 2,180 yards, 10 touchdowns and five interceptions.

25 responses to “Alex Smith’s compound fracture will require 6-8 month recovery

  1. Terrible injury what are the odds of that happening on Theismanns 30 year anniversary. With him in the stadium, would have been spooky if it was against GMen.

    Wishing Alex a speedy recovery but Im not sure Id play again if I were him. Thats what guaranteed money is for right there. Rehab and walk away without owing anybody anything.

    Leveon’s business decision looks better and better (Earl Thomas and now this).

  2. That’s probably it for him. He’d be 35 before he could even begin to get back in shape and would likely miss most of the season anyway. I feel bad for him. Class act.

  3. I just can’t envision Alex coming back to his position after such a serious break. I feel his career is over which is sad, but that is sports. Alex, good luck and godspeed with your surgery and rehabilitation. You are an asset to the NFL.

  4. Whatever your views on his skills, Alex is a complete class act. His coaches and his teammates have revered this guy from day one. Yes, the money of course softens the blow. But the unfairness of it is all is that no one in NFL loves the game like Alex does. God Speed Alex on a speedy and full recovery. The whole league is rooting for you.

  5. You don’t start rehab until the injury heals so add the healing time after surgery to the 6-8 month rehab. For compound fractures I’ve seen estimates for healing anywhere from 3 to 6 months. So 9-14 months until he’s ready to even start working himself back into football shape.

  6. Take years to heal, Alice Smith. I predicted you wouldn’t last the full season and predicted that he’d be gone near half way. I regret that he had to suffer two broken bones to be removed but his exit is much appreciated. We are tired of his six yard passes and missing wide open deep threats.

  7. Alice is not a class act – he is a fraud – he consumed $80 million of Redskin money and could not get a team to score more than 19 points on average. His exit is appreciated as we endured his cowardly do nothing offensive leadership.

  8. I said it yesterday, his career was over. He needs to move on, I believe he has a future in broadcasting.

  9. NO PLAYER DESERVES THIS. THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS…. SPORTS IS AN OUTLET SPORTS IS A BIZZNESS SPORTS IS A JOB FOR THOSE WHO CAN DO IT. PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE REGARDLESS OF UNIFORM . NFCBEAST PRAYERS FOR YOU.

  10. No offense intended, Charean, but a compound fracture has nothing to do with breaking through the skin. It’s about the bone alignment at the break. In a simple fracture the 2 pieces of bone are generally in a straight line, in a compound fracture the broken ends are misaligned and can even have the ends stacked, but you can have a compound fracture without breaking the skin. Breaking the skin would be an open fracture as opposed to a closed fracture where the skin remains intact.

  11. Wow lebrickie. Class act. The ‘Skins traded for and extended Smith. How does that make him a fraud?

    We were 6-3 before this game. Say what you will about his downfield throwing, but dude hardly turned the ball over, which kept us in games. Look how well Kirk has done turning the ball over all the damn time.

    I’m sorry that nobody loves you. Saying him getting injured is appreciated? That’s terrible. Let’s see how you like Colt at the end of the season.

  12. No offense intended, Charean, but a compound fracture has nothing to do with breaking through the skin. It’s about the bone alignment at the break. In a simple fracture the 2 pieces of bone are generally in a straight line, in a compound fracture the broken ends are misaligned and can even have the ends stacked, but you can have a compound fracture without breaking the skin. Breaking the skin would be an open fracture as opposed to a closed fracture where the skin remains intact.

    >>an open and compound fracture are one in the same, the bones have fractured and have broken through the skin. It is called an open/compound fracture because it has broken the skin. That is what Alex has.

    If the bones do not break the skin then it is a closed/simple fracture.

    Wishing Alex a speedy recovery!

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