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Joe Theismann says November is a 'lousy month' for Washington QBs

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During Sunday's matchup against the New York Giants, Washington quarterback Kyle Allen exited the game with a gruesome ankle injury. It's an uncommon moment in the NFL, but one that now seems all too familiar for the Washington Football Team and its supporters.

In the last 35 years, Washington has now had three starting quarterbacks leave a game with a serious injury to their lower body. All three have occurred in the month of November. That has led to former Washington quarterback Joe Theismann to declare the fall month a bad one for passers.

Theismann, of course, was the first of the three quarterbacks to experience a serious leg injury. On November 18, 1985, he suffered a compound fracture of his tibia and fibula when taken down by Giants Hall-of-Fame pass rusher Lawrence Taylor. Considered one of the more heart-wrenching moments seen live on television during a sporting event, Theismann would never take another snap.

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Then, exactly 33 years later to the day, quarterback Alex Smith, who took over for Allen on Sunday, suffered an almost identical injury to Theismann's in a Nov. 18 game against the Houston Texans. After 17 surgeries, a life-threatening infection and months of grueling rehabilitation, Smith has made it back to the field this season. 

Now, Allen becomes the third Washington quarterback to be a part of an unfortunate and devastating pattern with his also coming against the Giants. The extent of his injury is yet to be known.