Former Chief Smith suffers gruesome broken leg 33 years after Theismann's injury

November 19, 2018 - 6:09 am

Football fans were experiencing the worst kind of déjà vu when they saw Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith suffer a badly broken leg, 33 years to the day after the Redskins' Joe Theismann experienced the same injury.

Smith, who started for the Kansas City Chiefs for five seasons, was injured when he was sacked in the third quarter. His tibia and fibula snapped under the weight of Houston Texans defenders Kareem Jackson and J.J. Watt. Theismann famously broke both bones in his lower leg in a Monday night game against the New York Giants in 1985.

Coach Jay Gruden told reporters after the game that Smith would undergo surgery right away. He also expressed his belief that the 35-year-old quarterback would play football again.

Backup quarterback Colt McCoy finished the game for Washington, which fell to the Texans 23-21. McCoy is the starter now.

Theismann was watching the game at FedEx Field. He had to turn away.

“I’m still just so upset," Theisman told the Washington Post after the game. "I feel so bad for him.”

Alex’s leg is exactly like mine 33 yrs ago

— Joe Theismann (@Theismann7) November 18, 2018
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