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Joe Theismann reveals Alex Smith 'came very, very close to losing his leg'

Joe Theismann reveals Alex Smith 'came very, very close to losing his leg'

Thirty-three years to the day that former Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann suffered a gruesome leg injury, Alex Smith suffered the same fate against the Houston Texans.

Theismann addressed the injury similarities between him and Alex Smith on Ian Rapoport's podcast, "RapSheet and Friends."

"I was there that night," Theismann said. "I looked at it and I turned to [my wife] Robin and I said 'that's exactly like mine.'"

At that moment, Theismann was worried the injury was so severe Smith wouldn't be able to recover.

"He came very, very close to losing his leg and fortunately, you know, he still has it," Theismann said. "Alex for sure will not play this year."

With Case Keenum, Colt McCoy and 2019 first-round draft pick Dwayne Haskins in the fold, Theismann noted it'll be hard for Smith to break back into the Redskins quarterback lineup.

"Ask yourself the question, 'Will he be able to compete as a starter?'" Theismann pondered. "Because you can't pay somebody $20 million as a backup. Just can't happen." 

When asked if Smith could return and play at a high level, Theismann alluded to the problems that quarterbacks with leg injuries can have when trying to recover, especially when it comes to mechanics.

"I would say 'let's see how you feel one year from now,'" Theismann noted. "Picture a pitcher not being able to push off the mound. Picture a quarterback not being able to load his weight and go forward.

"And so what happens is when you think of that throwing mechanism, his body, his arm, his legs, his ability to turn and push, if one of those elements is lessened, the other areas have to make up for it."

Smith recently had the external fixator removed from his leg and noted that he's making incremental steps towards playing again.

"It's gonna be a long road," Theismann said of Smith's recovery.

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Joe Theismann wants to talk to Dwayne Haskins but 'not opposed' to him wearing No. 7

Joe Theismann wants to talk to Dwayne Haskins but 'not opposed' to him wearing No. 7

Minutes after the Washington Redskins selected Dwayne Haskins with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, legendary quarterback Joe Theismann welcomed him to the club.

Specifically, the Super Bowl champ highlighted the fact that he and Haskins — a former Ohio State quarterback and 2018 Heisman Trophy finalist — both wear No. 7. And it made fans wonder if Theismann would give Haskins the go-ahead to wear the number for the Burgundy and Gold.

Theismann joined Monday’s episode of Redskins Talk with JP Finlay, Mitch Tischler, Pete Hailey and Ben Standig, and our crew asked him if that tweet meant he was giving Haskins permission to be the first player after him to wear No. 7.

“I’m anxious to sit down and talk to Dwayne about that,” Theismann said on Redskins Talk.

“I’m not opposed to it. I’m not saying yes yet, but I really want to sit down and talk to the young man and get a chance to meet him. I know he’s reached out and said he wants to ask me, so as early as I can get back into town and be able to set up an opportunity when he gets into town to be able to sit down and talk to him about it.”

Theismann also noted that he wore other numbers throughout his playing career, but he’s obviously mostly associated with No. 7, which he wore during his 12 seasons in Washington and for the team’s Super Bowl XVII win.

He continued to explain why he wants to get to know Haskins before saying it’s OK for him to wear the number, which has sort of been unofficially retired.

“It’s what’s inside the jersey that makes a big difference,” Theismann said. “I’ve been very honored to have the Washington Redskins not have it issued to anyone over 30-plus years, and this is the first 7 that we’ve had come along, I think.

“So I really wanna sit down and have a visit with him and talk to him about it and then we’ll sort of decide going forward.”

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Alex Smith suffers nasty ankle injury exactly 33 years after Theismann's career-ending injury

Alex Smith suffers nasty ankle injury exactly 33 years after Theismann's career-ending injury

Redskins quarterback Alex Smith suffered a gruesome ankle injury in the third quarter against the Houston Texans, and one former Redskins quarterback knows exactly how he feels.

Joe Theismann, who had a career-ending leg injury as a result from a hit by New York Giants legend Lawrence Taylor, immediately sent his condolences.

Smith's injury comes on the EXACT same date, November 18, that Theismann suffered his brutal leg injury 33 years ago.

Theismann never played another snap in his career.

November 18 is unfortunately and coincidentally an unlucky day to be a Redskins quarterback, to say the least.

Smith was carted off, and it will be a while before he sees the field again.

Oh, and if this wasn't coincidental enough already, the Redskins fell to the Texans 23-21 on Sunday, the exact same score when the Redskins defeated the Giants in the game Theismann got hurt in. We can't make this stuff up.

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