Published: Wed, November 21, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

Alex Smith carted off with ankle injury vs. Texans

Alex Smith carted off with ankle injury vs. Texans

Washington Redskins free safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (20) consoles quarterback Alex Smith (11) after Smith's leg injury during an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Landover, Md.

Smith's right ankle turned the wrong way as he was sacked by Kareem Jackson and J.J. Watt on a play eerily similar to Joe Theismann's broken leg that came exactly 33 years ago to the day. Alex Smith waved to the crowd before he was carted into the tunnel.

Colt McCoy will be the Redskins' starter on a short week after Smith broke his right fibula and tibia in Sunday's loss to the Houston Texans.

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Smith signed a four-year, $94-million contract when he was traded to the Redskins in January. Before Smith was driven off the field, players from both teams left the sidelines to offer well wishes.

Houston took the lead for good on Ka'imi Fairbairn's 54-yard field goal, their winning streak extended when Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins missed a 63-yarder with three seconds remaining. "I worry less about Alex and his football career than I do Alex and wanting to be able to do the things in life he wants to do".

"As soon as I felt like I was in leverage, I looked back to see if the quarterback threw the ball and the ball was already in the air and it was just floating up there for me", Reid said. He's completed over 64 percent of his passes so far this season with 10 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions through nine games.

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Smith left after throwing for 135 yards and two interceptions.

Washington receiver Trey Quinn made a major impact in his return after missing more than two months with a high-ankle sprain.

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