The status of quarterback Alex Smith of Washington for the upcoming season became apparent when Smith was spotted on Monday's Wizards game with an external fixator on his right leg, which he broke in November.
Smith broke his tibia and fibula and the presence of the fixator make it clear that he still has a long way to go before he can deal with the thought again. Team president Bruce Allen said later this week that "if anyone can come back from the injury," it will be Smith, but he did not stop saying that the team intended to have him in 2019.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media That's because the team does not expect Smith to play this year. They plan a life without him and would be " pleasantly surprised " when he can play.
Allen said last week that the team had faith in Colt McCoy, who ended the year with a less serious break leg. They ended the year with Josh Johnson and Mark Sanchez on the squad, and by the time the off-season program begins in Washington, there will likely be some new names on the depth chart in Washington.