Alex Smith Battling Infection From Surgery on Broken Tibia, Fibula

Ruben Hill
December 6, 2018

According to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, there's no indication yet on how Smith's infection could affect his playing future.

Alex Smith has suffered a postoperative infection in his leg. Smith underwent surgery on his borken tibia and fibula.

Eric Bickel of 106.7 The Fan tweeted Thursday morning that, "Hearing from several different people over last few days that Alex Smith is having devastating complications from his broken leg surgery [and is] battling infection".

Sources told ESPN's Dianna Russini that there is concern that Smith, 34, is dealing with a career-ending injury after breaking the tibia and fibula in his right leg during a Week 11 loss to the Houston Texans on November 18.

The team released a statement Thursday saying that Smith and his family "remain strong" and asking others to respect their request for privacy. "We would ask that everyone please honor the Smith family's request for privacy at this time". Trauma surgeons discovered Smith suffered a spiral fracture in his leg, defined as a long bone broken by a rotational force.

Smith, who played five seasons for the Chiefs and helped them to four playoff appearances, was traded to Washington earlier this year.

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