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Alex Smith Leaves Game On Stretcher With Gruesome Leg Injury [Update]

On a third-and-nine play in the third quarter, Kareem Jackson and J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans sacked Washington quarterback Alex Smith in the backfield for a big loss. The sack forced Smith to land awkwardly on his leg and cause an injury painful enough that the quarterback had to be taken off on a stretcher after remaining on the ground for an extended period of time. If you’re not a fan of leg breaks, don’t watch the following video.

Perhaps the most gut-wrenching part of this situation for older Washington fans is that it falls on the 33rd anniversary of Joe Theismann’s career-ending leg injury against the Giants. The collegiate Hall of Famer tweeted that he saw similarities between the two plays, and extended his sympathies to Smith.

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Colt McCoy is in for the injured starter. We will update this post with more information as it becomes available.

Update (4:26 p.m. ET): Alex Smith has broken two bones and will have surgery on it immediately.

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