He threw 50-70 passes the other day without pain and proclaimed himself 'ready to go':
According to Maiocco, he would play 'if this was a regular season game':
I'm sorry, but Alex Smith has absolutely NOT earned the veteran's right of taking off the entire last exhibition game. You can't tell me he doesn't need the work. And as only the backup, what real threat to the regular season opener would there be if anything more happened to the thumb (very unlikely as that actually is)?
Don't waste any more opportunties. Get his a$$ out there and get him the reps he needs to have any hope of ever becoming a successful QB.
[ Edited by Xestenz on Sep 3, 2009 at 17:00:13 ]