Report: Redskins quarterback Alex Smith not playing next season

Redskins quarterback Alex Smith will reportedly not be playing next season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Sports Illustrated's Michael Shapiro says Washington will reportedly be "pleasantly surprised" if Smith returns before 2020.

Smith was released from the hospital in December, after sustaining a season-ending injury -- a spiral fracture to his right leg during Washington's game against the Houston Texans in November.

Smith has had surgery to repair his fibula and tibia. NFL Network and Washington's 106.7 FM reported that a leg infection complicated his recovery and required further procedures.

Sports Illustrated says the 13-year veteran attended a Washington Wizards game on Jan. 21, his first public appearance since undergoing surgery.

The Redskins have struggled for success on the field since Smith's injury. Backup quarterback Colt McCoy suffered a season-ending lower-leg injury during the Dec. 3 game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The team subsequently signed Mark Sanchez and Josh Johnson to take over for Smith and McCoy.

The Redskins ended their season with 7 wins and 9 losses.