Smith suffered a compound fracture against the Texans on Nov. 18.
The Redskins are entering 2019 with the assumption they'll be without starting quarterback Alex Smith, according to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Washington will reportedly be "pleasantly surprised" if Smith returns before 2020.
One storyline to follow for 2019: The #Redskins are planning as if they won’t have QB Alex Smith next season, sources say. They believe he’ll miss the entire season with his broken leg issues and are acting accordingly. If he’s ready, they will be pleasantly surprised.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 27, 2019
The 13-year veteran attended a Washington Wizards game on Jan. 21, his first public appearance since undergoing surgery.
The former No. 1 overall pick went 6–4 as Washington's starter in 2018. He threw for 2,180 yards and 10 touchdowns.