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Giants WR Smith to undergo season-ending surgery

Posted on: December 15, 2010 9:14 am
Edited on: December 15, 2010 10:38 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Update (10:35): Smith is donecakes, as Giants' PR man Pat Hanlon announced Tuesday that the wide receiver was examined by team physician Russell Warren and then had an MRI on his left knee that revealed an articular cartilage tear that will require season-ending surgery.

Steve Smith finally returned to the Giants' lineup Monday after a month-long absence with a partially torn pectoral muscle. The Giants rolled over the Minnesota (although Smith only caught one ball), but the victory might have been costly, as Smith will reportedly miss the remainder of the 2010 season with a knee injury.

The New York Daily News' Ralph Vacchiano reports Wednesday morning via sources that Smith suffered a torn meniscus in his knee.

"This does not look good for him at all," one of the sources said.

Vacchiano's source did not, however, "know the severity" of the tear, so it's possible that Smith won't miss the rest of the season.

Indeed, the Giants have yet to mention anything regarding an injury to Smith's knee -- he supposedly hurt his hip early in the fourth quarter on his only catch of the game, but given the shroud of overcoverage that Brett Favre induced onto that game, it's no surprise that some injury news could sneak out. 

According to Vacchiano, when Smith was taken for an MRI on his hip Monday, the medical staff discovered the knee injury, although the Giants have yet to announce it.

What happens to Smith then, provided this report is true? Well, the Giants would either have to place him on injured reserve, ending his season, or hope that he can heal in time for one of their three remaining regular season games (and hopefully, the first round of the playoffs).

That's tricky, though, because if Smith doesn't make it back in time, he takes up a roster space and damages the Giants' depth.

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Comments

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2010 12:31 pm
 

Giants WR Smith to undergo season-ending surgery

mrskhak and jlew... I don't see how this injury has anything to do with his last injury... torn pec last time he has a torn ACL or what in the leg... has nothing to do with the other... please try and not rush to judgement... its a big injury, and it will effect us, but players will have to rise to the occasion.  Nicks will have to stay healthy, Manningham will have to keep it up, Hagan will have to step up and the running game will have to keep running well... and Boss and Beckum have to step up...



Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2010 12:07 pm
 

Giants WR Smith to undergo season-ending surgery

One player does not doom a team. Now, if youy lose Manning, Tuck, Osi etc ,then  the team suffers. Remember, championships are built on defense my friends !!




Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2010 12:07 pm
 

Giants WR Smith to undergo season-ending surgery

One player does not doom a team. Now, if youy lose Manning, Tuck, Osi etc ,then  the team suffers. Remember, championships are built on defense my friends !!




Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2010 11:29 am
 

Giants WR Smith to undergo season-ending surgery

This is a devastating blow to the Giants NFC East divison title and possible shot running the tables to Arlington. the Giants foolishly put Smith in the game with a torn pec making this a high risk move. sadly, i think smith, a pro bowler may play his last game in a Giant uniform. sadly, they might as well give the NFC East to the Iggles. no Smith, no Manningham and no Barden means the Giants are short on the receiving corp and might as well ground and pound the ball, meaning a heavy dose of Thunder(Jacobs) and Lightning(Bradshaw). sadly, without a airel assault,the Iggs will steal the NFC East title from the Giants by sweeping them.



Since: Oct 24, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2010 11:12 am
 

Giants WR Smith to undergo season-ending surgery

sadly, the Giants rushed him back too quickly. and as a result, not only he has a torn pec. now he has a blown knee. thank you for costing  us the NFC East divison and a possible playoff spot. not only that, he may hurt his stock of being resigned. from probowler to the IR, IT SUCKS!



Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2010 10:51 am
 

Giants WR Smith to undergo season-ending surgery

Smith had his breakout season last year. Lucky for the Giants Nicks and Manningham are having huge years this year . It obviously is a huge loss for the recieving core but if they can get some upgraded play from Boss at tight end and the way that Bradshaw and Jacobs are running the ball right now the G-MEN are very dangerous going into this playoff run.



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2010 10:24 am
 

Report: Giants WR Smith done for season

He was out with a torn pectoral muscle.  He didn't re-injure that.  Not sure whether it had any impact on his leg conditioning, but I doubt very much that there was a direct correlation.



Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2010 9:57 am
 

Report: Giants WR Smith done for season

I'm not sure why they rushed him back for the Minnesota game. It's not like the Giants had a shortage of receivers. Smith is important to the team, but he does no good on the IR. They should've let him heal completely. When you play injured, you play gingerly and risk even more injury.


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