Alex Smith suffered a terrible injury in November when he broke two bones in his leg. Leaving the field, many wondered what his recovery timeline would be.

A few weeks later, news emerged that Smith had extensive complications from the compound fracture, leading to infections, and his rehab schedule was pushed back significantly. 

Earlier this month, Smith was spotted at a Wizards game with a significant medical device on his leg, with a number of screws holding the bones in his leg together and trying to force corrective regeneration. 

Add all of that up, along with penty of whispers around the Redskins Park facility, and few expected that Smith would play quarterback for the Redskins in 2019. 

On Sunday, a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport just about confirmed that. 

The Redskins are planning as if they won’t have QB Alex Smith next season, sources say. They believe he’ll miss the entire season with his broken leg issues and are acting accordingly. If he’s ready, they will be pleasantly surprised.

Smith will still count $20 million towards the Redskins salary cap this season regardless if he plays, and another $21 million for the 2020 season. Colt McCoy is the other QB under contract for Washington in 2019. 

The report should only accelerate the Redskins interest in drafting a QB this cycle, whether that's early on or late. Or both. 

 

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