Washington quarterback Alex Smith is reportedly dealing with an infection following surgery on the broken fibula and tibia he suffered during a Nov. 18 loss to the Houston Texans. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported the news, noting “it’s premature to say what this means for his playing future. But it is being handled with care and dealt with seriously by doctors.”

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Washington released a statement Thursday in which the team expressed appreciation for those concerned with Smith and asked for the quarterback’s privacy:


Redskins players and coaches visited Smith in the hospital last week.

“I’ll continue to pray for him. We had the opportunity to see him last week. We all just [assured] him we’re praying for you, man, and wishing the best for him. That’s all we can do,” says Adrian Peterson, per ESPN.

Smith’s backup, Colt McCoy, also suffered a broken right fibula during Monday night’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, leaving the team with Mark Sanchez as their starter. The team also signed Josh Johnson earlier this week as Sanchez’s backup instead of Colin Kaepernick.

For Smith, his primary concern is to get healthy again and not to worry about playing football anytime soon.