What we find out about Alex Smith’s potential ‘career-threatening’ damage | NFL


Redskins quarterback Alex Smith has reportedly been coping with problems following his surgical procedure to restore a damaged fibula and tibia.

Stories initially got here in Wednesday evening from Burgundy Weblog saying Smith was “nonetheless in hospital with [a] post-op an infection. Will possible require re-intervention, [including] presumably ‘partial reconstruction.'” Extra studies got here in Thursday morning and afternoon, however a few of them have been contradictory.

This is what we all know in regards to the standing of Smith’s damage, based mostly on the studies we have seen.

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What’s the newest on Alex Smith’s damage?

Smith stays within the hospital as he is coping with an an infection associated to the surgical procedure for his damaged bones. 

Docs reportedly knew the prospect for an an infection was excessive, which was why they underwent surgical procedure the identical evening Smith suffered the damage. Smith’s bone poked by means of the pores and skin, which ends up in a better probability of an infection.

Is Alex Smith’s profession over?

This narrative got here from an ESPN report in addition to a report from a radio persona in Washington.

Nothing is official as of but, although. NFL Community’s Ian Rapoport stated “it’s untimely to say what this implies for his taking part in future” for the time being. A number of different reporters have echoed the identical sentiment, and former Chargers crew physician David J. Chao defined why in a column for the San Diego Tribune:

So whereas the latest information is actually not constructive, simply because there may be an an infection and a number of surgical procedures doesn’t imply Smith’s profession is completed. Medical advances are such that Smith can be cured from the an infection and the bone can be healed. It’s a matter of when on each counts.

… If we hear of a free flap surgical procedure or different graft process that’s wanted to cowl the bone due to lack of tissue, that may probably put his profession in jeopardy. However we’re not there but based mostly on what we all know.

Primarily, the most recent replace is not good and Smith has been within the hospital longer than anticipated, however there isn’t any concrete proof pointing to this being the tip for him.

What are the Redskins saying about it?

Not a lot. 

The crew launched a press release earlier within the day when studies had been popping out in regards to the newest replace, which largely shared ideas from what the Smith household had requested.

“On behalf of Alex Smith, we admire the entire considerations and prayers over the damage he incurred on November 18th towards the Houston Texans. Though it is a critical damage, Alex and his household stay sturdy. We’d ask that everybody please honor the Smith household’s request for privateness presently.”

Coach Jay Gruden had an analogous message throughout his time with the media Thursday.

“I believe the assertion says all of it. I used to be requested by Alex, his spouse, his dad, his mother, to not actually go into any element on this course of,” he stated. “[They] requested to respect their privateness. That is what I’m going to do. I believe when the time is true Alex will deal with the media and we’€™ll go from there.”

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