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The eerie, devastating coincidence that connects Redskins QBs Alex Smith and Joe Theismann

Touchdown Wire logo Touchdown Wire 11/18/2018 Chris Chase
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Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith was lost for the season on Sunday when he broke his tibia and fibula on a scary, freak tackle by J.J. Watt and Kareem Copeland. Smith, who was in obvious pain, was quickly carted off the and was reportedly in surgery just minutes after his team's comeback bid fell short.

Anytime a quarterback breaks his leg on the field, NFL fans of a certain age immediately think of former 'Skins quarterback Joe Theismann, who suffered a gruesome broken leg during a Monday Night Football game in 1985. With the same thing happening to another Redskins quarterback, the callback was even more instantaneous. But the connection between Alex Smith and Joe Theismann gets far more eerie than that.

Joe Theismann broke his right tibia and fibula on Nov. 18, 1985 in a game in Washington that ended 23-21. The only three-time Defensive Player of the Year Lawrence Taylor was involved in the injury, which occurred around the 40-yard line.

Alex Smith broke his right tibia and fibula on Nov. 18, 2018 in a game in Washington that ended 23-21. The only other three-time Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt was involved in the injury, which occurred around the 40-yard line.

The biggest difference, the Redskins lost Sunday's game but won in 1985. Not that it matters much, at all.

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