Steve Smith feeling good on the comeback trail

Steve Smith reports he doesn’t have any pain in his left knee and his hope is to begin running some time next month but the New York Giants wide receiver is wise enough to know that recovery from microfracture knee surgery isn’t that easy.

“It’s a serious injury,” Smith said, according to the New York Daily News. “I’ve got to wait and see til I’m done running. Probably I’m going to have to change a little bit this year, so we’ll see.”

Microfracture surgery is still relatively new for NFL players and it’s a serious surgery to come back from. Giants safety Kenny Phillips did so last year but wasn’t the same player he’d been before, especially in terms of explosion and short-area bursts.

“It looked like to me on a couple plays the old Kenny probably would have got an interception or a big hit,” Smith said. “Hopefully, he’ll come around.
“I feel like I can (run). But they tell me to take it slow.”

Smith has been bucking for a new contract from the Giants but they’re not going to invest in him unless he can prove he’s the same player he was before the injury. It’s an unfortunate way of life in the NFL. Players have to remain healthy all the way through their first contracts to get that big bite at the apple. Smith has a long road ahead of him and hopefully he won’t rush a comeback.

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