Like everyone else around the NFL, Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith saw the gruesome ankle injury Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott suffered on Sunday.
And even though Smith may be able to offer some guidance and consolation to Prescott, he said he's waiting a little bit before reaching out to Prescott.
"I feel like I've become a little bit of an expert with the lower leg, so I knew it looked like his ankle immediately," Smith said Tuesday on the Dan Patrick Show. "I've been thinking about him a lot. I've checked up on him through our mutual friends. I thought a lot about shooting him a text, but part of me also didn't want to scare the hell out of him by shooting him a text and getting him thinking he might be headed down this road. I'll let the infection risk kind of get out of the way and hopefully reach out here soon."
Alex Smith played for the first time since breaking both his tibia and fibula on Nov. 18, 2018. (Photo: Brad Mills, Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)
Prescott, the Cowboys announced, suffered a compound ankle fracture and dislocation Sunday in a victory against the New York Giants. He had surgery to clean the area and was discharged from the hospital Monday.
Smith suffered his own compound fracture almost two years ago and had just made his return to NFL action just hours before Prescott's injury.
Smith's injury happened in Nov. 2018, and he underwent 17 surgeries after the wound became infected. Smith battled sepsis, and the medical treatments saved his leg from being amputated.
"For me, especially with Dak, I feel like we have a ton in common," Smith continued. "Because he played for my same coaches up in college. Dan Mullen coached him in college, my good friend Brian Johnson was his quarterbacks coach all through college. Dak's a guy I keep up with a lot, certainly in the division as well, so I have a ton of respect for him. I love his game. I love him as a human being, everything he's about, so I had just gotten home from our game, celebrating and taking it all in with my wife and kids. We had the Cowboy game on, so I watched it happen live."
In a 30-10 loss, Smith stepped in for injured Washington starting quarterback Kyle Allen. Smith completed nine of 17 passes for 37 yards but was under constant duress and was sacked six times.
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