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Redskins QB Alex Smith suffers gruesome ankle injury against Texans

Redskins QB Alex Smith suffers gruesome ankle injury against Texans

FEDEX FIELD -- Alex Smith got sacked midway through the third quarter, and on his way down to the ground, his lower right leg bent backwards in a way the human body isn't supposed to go. 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden announced after the game that Smith broke his tibia and fibula and would need surgery immediately.

Smith was carted off the field and waved to the crowd as he headed towards the tunnel and into the locker room, and the FedEx Field faithful gave a hearty cheer. If you want to watch the video, you can do so here

Smith was having a roller coaster game before the injury. He seemed to be accurate throwing downfield, but his numbers looked ugly. Smith completed just 12 of 27 passes for 135 yards and had two first half interceptions. 

In an ironic twist, Smith's injury came 33 years to the day of Joe Theismann's infamous ankle injury during a Monday night game against the Giants. 

With Smith sidelined, the Redskins will turn to Colt McCoy at quarterback. 

McCoy led a comeback charge, but a 62-yard Dustin Hopkins field goal attempt fell short on the final play of the game. Following the 23-21 loss, Gruden announced that Smith suffered a broken tibia and fibula and will need immediate surgery.

For more on the Redskins' options going forward this season, click here. 

NBC Sports Washington will continue to update this story with more news and analysis.


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Report: Trent Williams' dogs killed neighbor's dog

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Report: Trent Williams' dogs killed neighbor's dog

Trent Williams is defending his dogs after neighbors of a home registered to him in Missouri City, Texas say the Redskins' lineman's dogs brutally killed their dog.

The neighbor's dog, Sandy, according to reports, died after being mauled and dragged under an iron fence on their own property. 

According to Williams, the attack began after Sandy instigated conflict with one of Williams' smaller pets. Williams felt his dogs did nothing wrong and said the animals were defending the smaller dog, who is fighting for its life after $5,000 in medical bills. 

Williams told FOX 26 Houston that the situation was "dogs doing what dogs do."

In comments to local television stations, Sandy's owner's described how they found their dog.

"I found my dog halfway ripped apart, head and one leg on the other side of the fence, two of those stakes ripped through the body and one leg just dangling," said Jerry Flowers.

"They drug her head through the fence," Linda Flowers said. "Half of her body was through the wrought iron fence."

Animal control and local police are no longer investigating the incident according to ABC 13. Williams was not cited for the incident.

Williams is on the non-football injury list for the Washington Redskins after ending his holdout halfway through the season. 

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Once the Redskins Ironman, Ryan Kerrigan moved to injured reserve

Once the Redskins Ironman, Ryan Kerrigan moved to injured reserve

The Redskins moved outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan to the injured reserve after he injured his calf last week against Green Bay. He will miss the remainder of the season. 

Kerrigan had started every game for Washington since 2011 until just three weeks ago, one of the most impressive streaks in the NFL at 139 straight starts. 

He missed the Panthers game due to a concussion, was able to come back from the Packers game and then hurt his calf. 

After three straight seasons with double-digit sacks, Kerrigan’s numbers were down this year. He will finish the season with just 5.5 sacks after posting 37 over the last few years. 

Dexter Manley holds the Redskins franchise record with 91 sacks. After bringing down Aaron Rodgers last week in Green Bay before his injury, Kerrigan got to 90 sacks. 

If he comes back healthy in 2020, Kerrigan would look prime to break the franchise record. He will be in the last year of his contract, however, and will account for nearly $12 million against the salary cap.

Should Washington release Kerrigan, which was once unthinkable, it would carry no salary cap hit. 

To replace Kerrigan on the active roster the Redskins signed Caleb Wilson from the Cardinals practice squad.