WASHINGTON - Redskins Coach Jay Gruden said on Monday that quarterback Alex Smith's surgery went well and is expected to make a full recovery after sustaining a season-ending broken leg on Sunday.
Alex Smith broke his right tibia and fibula on a sack by Kareem Jackson midway through the third quarter of the Redskin's game against the Houston Texans.
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The veteran quarterback's leg turned the wrong way, much the way the Redskins lost quarterback Joe Theismann to a broken leg -- 33 years to the day.
Theismann sacked by Lawrence Taylor on a Monday night game in 1985. Theismann's injury ended his career.
Smith underwent surgery Sunday night to repair a broken right tibia and fibula. Gruden says surgery went well, he didn't believe there was any ligament damage.
"I know it was very painful for him and heartbreaking for a lot of people," Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. "He's a great guy and hard worker and one of the key leaders on this football team. These things happen in pro football, unfortunately. Just hate to see them happen with a guy like Alex."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.