The Redskins issued a statement asking that people respect Alex Smith's privacy after he recovers from a devastating broken leg injury in mid-November. 

On behalf of Alex Smith, we appreciate all of the concerns and prayers over the injury he incurred on November 18th against the Houston Texans. Although this is a serious injury, Alex and his family remain strong. We would ask that everyone please honor the Smith family's request for privacy at this time.

The statement comes after intense speculation on Smith's recovery from surgery to repair the broken tibia and fibula bones in his right leg. The breaks weren't clean, and multiple reports suggest Smith is dealing with infections post-surgery. 

The initial timeline for Smith's recovery was 8-10 months, but that appears to be in serious jeopardy.

At this point, the question for Smith might not be about returning to football, but about getting his leg back healthy and operational. 

Prior to the injury, the Redskins were 6-3 with Smith at the helm. He was completing 62.5 percent of his passes for 2,180 yards with 10 touchdowns and five interceptions.