Originally Posted by Atlanta Dan
Keisel will be out again in Houston (he has not practiced all week) but when Keisel returns IMO Hood starts over Smith
Steelers have been in denial about Smith having broken down
Maybe denial is part of it but I think a lot of it is just Smith himself.
It's not that he doesn't want to try, I think it's more about the injury itself.
Let's face it, whatever he did with that arm was a big part of his playing style and I don't care how tough someone is, if you see yourself in the same situation or position in which you tore up your arm, you're going to back off a bit out of fear of re-injuring it.
That's just human nature.
And if you get to the point where you have that in the back of your mind, it's going to take away from your ability to perform at a high level and when that happens -- it's time to hang it up.