Redskins QB Smith breaks leg, needs surgery

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) pressures Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith (11) during the first half at FedEx Field.Photo: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Smith suffered two broken bones in his leg.

On the 33rd year anniversary of Washington quarterback Joe Theismann suffering a gruesome leg injury, another Redskins signal-caller was carted off the field with a gruesome injury to his leg.

Alex Smith suffered two broken bones in his leg in the third period after he was sacked by the Texans' Kareem Jackson and J.J. Watt. As he rolled over, Smith's ankle was dangling awkwardly.

Smith was carted off the field. After the game, Washington head coach Jay Gruden confirmed Smith had broken his tibia and fibula and would need to have surgery immediately.

Smith had completed 12 of 27 passes for 135 yards with two interceptions before being hurt.

Colt McCoy came in and completed an 8-yard TD to Jordan Reed on his first pass attempt of the season, cutting Washington's deficit to 17-14.

Theismann, who was in attendance, broke his leg in a Monday night game on Nov. 18, 1985, against the New York Giants. Theismann, who was 35 at the time, never played again.

Houston won, 23-21.