Alex Smith Battling Infection From Surgery on Broken Tibia, Fibula

Alex Smith

Alex Smith The Canadian Press

Alex Smith's National Football League career could be over.

Alex Smith has suffered a postoperative infection in his leg. Smith underwent surgery on his borken tibia and fibula. A team spokesman declined to say whether Smith was still in the hospital more than two weeks after surgery to fix a broken right tibia and fibula.

The team released a statement Thursday saying that Smith and his family "remain strong" and asking others to respect their request for privacy.

Smith has apparently been battling infection after surgery to fix his broken leg, an infection that's required several surgeries, leading to complications that have been described as "devastating". 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". That alone tells you how serious the injury is.

Smith, who played five seasons for the Chiefs and helped them to four playoff appearances, was traded to Washington earlier this year.

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