On a third-down pass play, Smith's leg was bent awkwardly on a sack by J.J. Watt and had to be carted to the locker room.
Houston Texans strong safety Kareem Jackson (25) reaches for Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith (11) as he leaves the field after an injury during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018 in Landover, Md.
Smith became the Redskins new starting quarterback in a game of offseason musical chairs at the position that saw former Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins take a nice payday to switch to the Minnesota Vikings.
The team announced shortly afterwards that Smith would not return to the game, and it has since been confirmed that Smith has broken the tibia and fibula in his right leg. He was intercepted twice against the Texans before injury struck, with one returned 101 yards for a touchdown by Justin Reid.More news: Dramatic Abu Dhabi win a good advertisement for Tests
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McCoy, who has not started since Week 15 of the 2014 season, finished 6-of-12 passing for 54 yards and a touchdown as well as 35 rushing yards on five carries, but the Redskins' comeback attempt ended when Dustin Hopkins' 63-yard field goal attempt came up a few yards short.
Smith was hurt when Houston's J.J.
Colt McCoy now takes over for Washington as the presumed starter, while Smith must begin the mental and physical work of rehabbing from such a devastating injury. "It sucks. It's the worst part of the game". "So we'll see how he does", Gruden said.