Originally posted by Beezy33:
Originally posted by Byisgod:
Certainly doesn't look good now...
Agreed. I believe he'll go on IR after this week's game and have the surgery ASAP so that he can be 100% at the start of 2013. It's very disappointing, but why risk further injury at this point. We have 8 other Pro-Bowlers who need to step up and get us to the dance. I know we can't fill his shoes with anyone on or off our roster, so everyone else needs to take it to the next level to make this run, otherwise, hello 2013!
Hate to have this viewpoint, but our defense will be average without Smith. He's the anchor. He's directly responsible for the success of Willis, Bowman, and A. Smith. The guy is just not replaceable and because our defense is so dependent on him, we will not be nearly as good without him.
No Smith = No Superbowl. You don't lose arguably the best defensive player in the NFL and rebound from that with others stepping up.
All this being said, this orthopod doesn't know the extent of his injury. He hasn't seen the MRI so his opinion is based on his experience. Smith may have a tear that's on the smaller side.