WASHINGTON (The Fan D.C) -- Three weeks after suffering a gruesome leg injury, Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith's football future may be in real jeopardy, Eric Bickel of The Sports Junkies reported.
According to Bickel, Smith is suffering "devastating complications" from the initial surgery on his broken leg and has undergone multiple subsequent surgeries to combat infection.
Smith first underwent surgery Nov. 18 after suffering a compound fracture after breaking his tibia and fibula in Week 11 against the Texans.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport later reported it is "premature to say what this means for his playing future."
David J. Chao, a former NFL head team doctor and practicing orthopedic surgeon, tweeted infection is always a worry with an injury like Smith's, but surgery and antibiotics mean it "is rarely a long term complication."
The Redskins released a statement Thursday thanking fans for their prayers and asked for "everyone to please honor the Smith family's request for privacy at this time."