FEDEX FIELD — Chris Thompson said what many Redskins fans had long assumed about Alex Smith's immediate future playing quarterback in Washington.

"We know and understand that it's probably not going to happen that we have him this year," Thompson said in an interview with JP Finlay on Tuesday. 

Smith suffered a compound fracture in his right leg last November in a Week 10 matchup against the Houston Texans. Following the injury, he also dealt with infections in the leg as he recovered from surgery.

NFL Network reported in late January that the Redskins were preparing for the 2019 season assuming Smith would not play, and Thompson's comments support that assertion. 

"He’s a hard working guy," Thompson said of Smith. "He’s going to do whatever he can to get back if he decides he wants to put that workload on his leg."

The severity of the injury not only brings questions about his immediate playing future in 2019, but if Smith will play in 2020 or beyond. It's too early to know those answers.

The Redskins also have Colt McCoy under contract for 2019, and while McCoy also suffered a broken leg in 2018, Thompson expects him back.

"I know Colt is ready to go," Thompson said. "He’s all healthy now."

Thompson's comments came during a Redskins Charitable Foundation event at FedEx Field celebrating a sizable grant from the Embassy of the State of Qatar that combined local elementary school students and Redskins players to highlight the benefits of an active lifestyle.


Thompson joked that he ran a 40-yard-dash with the kids, but his time only came in at 5.3 seconds. The Redskins third-down specialist also explained he really enjoyed getting to meet Ambassador of the State of Qatar Meshal bin Hamad Al Thani and learning more about their culture. 

Other Redskins players like Vernon Davis and Josh Norman joined Thompson along with a host of Redskins alumni. Bruce Allen also attended the event and went through drills with the students.