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Report: Alex Smith Faces Lengthy Rehab After Suffering Compound Fracture

Alex Smith reportedly suffered a compound fracture—meaning the bone broke through the skin.

Redskins quarterback Alex Smith faces a lengthy recovery after he was injured in Sunday's 23–21 loss to the Titans, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter.

According to Schefter, Smith suffered a compound fracture—meaning the bone broke through the skin. Trauma surgeons reportedly discovered Smith suffered a spiral fracture in his leg, which is a long bone broken by a rotational force.

The 34-year-old Smith was carted off in the third quarter, and the team announced he would have surgery immediately after suffering a broken tibia and fibula in his right leg.

Smith was replaced by quarterback Colt McCoy. Schefter reported Sunday that the team was bringing in a group of quarterbacks to work out to find a backup for McCoy. The Redskins then signed Mark Sanchez as McCoy's backup option, ESPN's reported.

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Washington is 6–4 this season, which is good for first in the NFC East. The team plays the Cowboys on the road on Thanksgiving.