The Washington Redskins expect quarterback Alex Smith to miss the entire 2019 season because of issues stemming from his leg injury, sources told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport on Sunday.

Smith suffered compound and spiral fractures to his tibia and fibula in a Week 11 loss to the Houston Texans and underwent surgery Nov. 18. He then battled a subsequent infection and remained hospitalized until Dec. 16.

Initially, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said Smith did not suffer any ligament damage and faced a recovery time of between six and eight months.

Following news of the infection, however, reports indicated Smith’s chances of playing again were in jeopardy.

On Tuesday, Redskins president Bruce Allen said Smith is “well on his way to a recovery,” but declined to say when Smith might return to the field.

“We’ll see how it goes,” said Allen. “We’re optimistic. If anyone can come back, it’s Alex.”

Smith was spotted Monday watching the Washington Wizards defeat the visiting Detroit Pistons. He had a cast on his right leg, below the knee, and what appeared to be a metal brace around his lower leg.

Allen did not say whether Washington would seek to add a quarterback either through free agency or the draft. He also would not confirm if Smith was done having medical procedures performed on his right leg, which suffered a compound fracture that required multiple surgeries and resulted in an infection, keeping Smith in the hospital for four weeks.

Colt McCoy, who broke his leg in early December, is the only other quarterback currently on the roster. The Redskins signed Josh Johnson and Mark Sanchez to complete the season at QB, but both will be free agents in March.

The Redskins acquired Smith, now 34, a year ago from Kansas City before the 2018 season. He signed a four-year contract extension that put him under contract for five years and $111 million. It included $71 million in injury guarantees.

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