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Alex Smith

The Washington quarterback saw his season end over the weekend when he suffered a gruesome leg fracture. The injury occurred when Smith's leg became trapped under his body as he was taken down by Houston's J.J. Watt and Kareem Jackson. The violent force broke the two lower leg bones, the tibia and fibula. Smith was placed in an aircast and taken off the field before heading to the hospital for emergency surgery.

More details emerged following the procedure, including more details about the break itself. Reports indicate the fracture was a compound fracture, meaning the fractured bone broke through the surrounding soft tissue. The nature of the fracture was also revealed, as additional reports classify the fracture as a spiral fracture. Both details will influence Smith's impending recovery, though this should not be perceived as a career-ending injury.

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Jeff Stotts
Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, ATC, PES, CES). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.
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