NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning on Good Morning Football Weekend that Smith, who sustained a broken fibula and tibia and is now battling an infection, is still in the hospital and is not expected to be able to return for the start of the 2019 campaign.
"No one has been able to definitively say he is going to play football going forward," Rapoport said. "Of course everyone hopes that he is, but if you're the Washington Redskins the reality is Smith is unlikely to be ready for the start of the 2019 season. They know right now they do need to find a quarterback to at least begin the season with. It's just unclear whether that's going to come in free agency or potentially in the draft."
The bleak reality of the situation is that Smith's career, which has spanned 14 seasons thus far, is in doubt.
Smith's injury came Nov. 18 against the Texans and, following surgery, he began battling an infection.