Redskins’ Smith reportedly battling infection

The Washington Redskins on Thursday released a statement asking for privacy for Alex Smith and his family amid reports that the quarterback is dealing with an infection in his surgically repaired leg.

Smith underwent immediate surgery on Nov. 18 after incurring compound and spiral fractures to his tibia and fibula in the Redskins’ game against the Houston Texans.

Now, the quarterback is fighting post-surgery complications resulting from an infection, according to multiple reports, leading to Thursday’s statement from the team.

“On behalf of Alex Smith, we appreciate all the concerns and prayers over the injury he incurred on November 18th against the Houston Texans,” the Redskins’ statement read. “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.”

Multiple outlets report that Smith has undergone subsequent surgeries to battle the infection.

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden previously said that Smith did not suffer any ligament damage and faced a 6-to-8 month recovery. However, the latest reports indicate that the infection jeopardizes Smith’s chances of playing again.

–Field Level Media