Coach Jay Gruden talks with his quarterback Alex Smith (11) in the 2nd half during the Bucs game against the Washington Redskins Sunday. Nov. 11, 2018 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. (Jim Damaske/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

Redskins ask for privacy amid reports of Smith complications

In a statement released Thursday, the team says it appreciates concerns about Smith's injury that occurred Nov. 18 against Houston and that the 34-year-old and his family remain strong. A team spokesman declined to say whether Smith was still in the hospital more than two weeks after surgery to repair a broken right tibia and fibula.

Coach Jay Gruden said Nov. 19 he expected Smith to make a full recovery and be out six to eight months. NFL Network and Washington's FM-106.7 reported Thursday that Smith is still battling infection in his right leg and being tended to by doctors.

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