View Full Version : Earliest Steelers' Smith could return is for Super Bowl

01-12-2011, 02:35 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers might not get Aaron Smith back until the Super Bowl, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

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Smith, an elite 3-4 defensive end and one of the key cogs on Pittsburgh's defense, tore his triceps early in Week 7 at Miami and has not played since.

The Steelers knew at the time that Smith's injury could have been considered season-ending, but given his importance to the team, they kept a roster spot open for the playoffs and did not place him on injured reserve. He is virtually certain not to face the Baltimore Ravens this week and would be doubtful to play in the AFC Championship Game as well, according to the source.

"The Super Bowl would probably be the most realistic timetable," the source said. The Steelers would have to win two more games to get there, and then would get the pre-Super Bowl bye week as well.

Smith resumed weight lifting weeks ago but has only been able to practice thus far on an extremely limited basis.

01-12-2011, 02:37 PM
Makes sense.

01-12-2011, 02:39 PM
Considering his past history of similar injuries, expecting him back for the playoffs was more of a pipe-dream than anything.

01-12-2011, 04:07 PM
Whatever gives the team extra incentive to get there...I'm all for it. I would wager if there had been a serious injury to one of the other starters on the d-line they would of put him on IR.

01-12-2011, 04:11 PM
Lol the Rod Woodson story all over again.

Atlanta Dan
01-12-2011, 04:12 PM
You work with what you have, not with what you want

Aaron Smith has been a great Steeler but the Steelers have done their best to replace him

01-12-2011, 04:12 PM
i heard that if his MRI comes back clean friday he may suit up saturday. if he cant though i would place him on IR right now

Fire Haley
01-12-2011, 04:15 PM
La Canfora is a slimy little weasel, and a Pats fan - he don't know jackshit

"unnamed sources" my ass

Steelers' Smith has slight chance of playing on Saturday

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Aaron Smith won't practice this week, but the Steelers are holding out hope that the veteran defensive end will be able to play, albeit in a limited capacity, on Saturday against the Ravens.

Smith, who is trying to return from a partially torn triceps, will have an MRI taken on his left arm Friday.

The scan, Smith said, will determine where his arm is in the healing process. And if the MRI brings good news, there is an outside chance that Smith could suit up for the Steelers' AFC divisional playoff game.

"It's nice because it's been a long journey up to this point," Smith said. "The guys have done a great job of doing what they had to do to carry us this far. I'd just like to get another opportunity to contribute."

Smith, who dressed for practice Tuesday but did not participate in it, said conditioning won't be a problem if and when he does return to the playing field.

Smith started lifting weights last month. The 6-foot-5, 298-pounder has been running up to five days a week since he started working his way back from the injury he sustained in an Oct. 24 game in Miami.

"I'm probably in better shape than when I got hurt," Smith said.

01-12-2011, 04:16 PM
I knew this all along. Glad the wasted roster spot didn't end up hurting us.

01-12-2011, 04:20 PM
Screw the doctors, let him play.

Possibly his last season with the Steelers, I'm sure some muscle damage wont kill him...

01-12-2011, 04:21 PM
We sure could use him this weekend. I'd like to see him get a couple plays under his belt

01-12-2011, 05:39 PM
The Steelers gave up 1004 rush yards ALL SEASON - WITHOUT- Smith.
They only gave up 998 rush yards all season until Colt McCoy scrambled for 6 yards with 6 mintes left in the browns game.
They have one of the best run defenses in history. Why would you even think about , or even talk about Smith?

They are better without Smith, than they are with Smith.:tt04:

Fire Arians
01-12-2011, 05:40 PM
should have IR him

I'm thankful for his service to us, but it looks like his time's up.

and getting rid of a 4th round pick for him coming back any later than the 1st round of the playoffs wasn't worth it

01-12-2011, 05:43 PM
As long he's there for the biggest stage of them all, then I'm fine. All we need to do is make it without him.