Washington Football Team quarterback Kyle Allen suffered a gruesome leg injury against the New York Giants on Sunday and had to leave the game.
He was replaced by Alex Smith, whose comeback attempts fell short in a 23-20 defeat to New York.
The injury occurred late in the first quarter during an Allen dropback on first-and-10 from the Giants’ 31. Allen scrambled to evade pressure from safety Jabrill Peppers, who fell to the ground as he pursued Allen and hooked his left leg around Allen’s left calf.
Allen’s left foot was planted, and he suffered what looked like a significant lower leg injury on the play. He was diagnosed with a small fracture and a dislocated ankle and is schedule for an MRI on Monday, according to NFL Network.
(Warning: The injury video below is graphic.)
Allen carted off, Peppers flagged
Athletic trainers immediately tended to Allen, who was eventually taken off the field on a cart with his leg in a medical boot. Officials flagged Peppers for unnecessary roughness.
Smith entered the game for his second stint of action since returning earlier this season from his own devastating leg injury that forced him to miss the entire 2019 season. The compound leg fracture he suffered in Week 10 in 2018 became infected, which threatened his career, his ability to walk and his life.
After an arduous recovery, Smith returned to the team this season as a backup to early-season starter Dwayne Haskins and Allen. Now he has taken the place of a quarterback who suffered his own significant leg injury.
Smith finished completing 24 of 32 pass attempts for 325 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions.
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