Washington Redskins QB Alex Smith carted off after gruesome compound leg fracture

NFL star Alex Smith suffered a horror career-threatening double leg break in a clash against the Texans.

The Washington Redskins quarterback endured a gruesome injury that required immediate surgery in the 33rd minute of the clash.

 Alex Smith suffered a gruesome leg break against the Texans

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Alex Smith suffered a gruesome leg break against the Texans

Horrific images of the break have brought to light the seriousness of his injury.

Smith was looking to pick out a pass when he was tackled to the ground by two opponents.

His ankle got stuck in the turf and twisted around as he collapsed under the weight of the Texan players.

He rolled on the ground in agony as his team-mates came the realisation that his ankle had shattered under him.

 The Washington quarterback broke his leg after being tackled

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The Washington quarterback broke his leg after being tackled
 Alex Smith quickly realised the extent of his injury

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Alex Smith quickly realised the extent of his injury
 Team-mates crowded round when he was carted off the field

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Team-mates crowded round when he was carted off the field

 Alex Smith will now face an anxious wait to see how long he will be out for

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Alex Smith will now face an anxious wait to see how long he will be out for

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His coach Jay Gruden confirmed after the clash that Smith broke both his tibia and fibula and will now miss the rest of the campaign.

Gruden added: "He's got a long way to come back but physically and mentally he'll be fine but it's hard to watch that happen to any athlete."

As he was being carted off the field, players from both teams took knees in respect to Smith.

Smith clasped his hands together in prayer and even managed a wave to the crowd as he went for immediate treatment.

Coincidentally, the incident happened on the 33rd anniversary of the leg break suffered by former Washington player Joe Theismann in a match against the New York Giants.

Theismann, who never played again, was in the stands to see Smith's break and Tweeted: "Alex's leg is exactly like mine 33 yrs ago."

NFL star Alex Smith suffered a horror career-threatening double leg break in a clash against the Texans.