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

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Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith (11) ankle is injured as he is sacked by Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) and Houston Texans strong safety Kareem Jackson (25) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018 in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)


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.