During the last month, the average Redskin fan learned more about post-surgery infections than most football fans ever considered.
The news surrounding Alex Smith's recovery from a broken leg has been upsetting, particularly that Smith has dealt with a serious infection and had to undergo multiple procedures to clean up the wound. Smith's situation was unique, he broke the tibia and fibula in his right leg, and the fracture wasn't clean.
Still, alarming news emerged this week that Smith was not the only Redskins player to deal with post-surgery infection.
Rookie Derrius Guice injured his knee in the preseason, ending his season and ruining a full offseason of momentum. Before he ever played a game, Guice became a fan favorite with his engaging enthusiasm. Then, he injured his knee in the preseason and was lost for the year.
For many players, surgery is tough, but then rehab begins.
For Guice - like Smith - that wasn't the case.
After his knee surgery, Guice suffered an infection that lasted two months and required three additional procedures, The Washington Post reported. That required seven weeks of antibiotics which included significant use of IVs, swelling, flu-like symptoms and having his knee drained.
The experience forced Guice to stay in Louisiana for months, closer to Dr. James Andrews office in Gulf Breeze, Florida, and away from his Redskins teammates in Ashburn.
Now, finally, Guice is feeling better and expects to be all the way back for offseason work in 2019. That's great news for the Redskins.
Guice was considered to be the focal point of the Washington offense before the knee injury in the preseason, and he's a running back with immense potential.
On some level, however, it's quite alarming that both Smith and Guice suffered infections after major injuries.
Smith's injury was grotesque enough that there were immediate worries of infection. Even with the advanced concern, the infection still came.
Guice's injury was severe, but not like Smith. And still, the infection came.
It would take a forensic medical team to compare the situations and figure out if there is something the Redskins need to address. That won't happen on this page.
At the same time, however, what were the odds back in training camp that the Redskins' then starting quarterback and running back would not only need surgery on their leg, but both would suffer from post-op infection?
Like many things with the Redskins' 2018 season, there seem to be more questions than answers. The good news, Guice should be back for 2019. As of now, the same can't be said for Smith.
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