EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 20: Steve Smith #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates after he scored a 14-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on November 20, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
[Note by JasonB, 12/12/11 4:22 PM EST ] Eagles announced today that Steve Smith has been placed on IR and his done for the season.
When the Eagles announced that Steve Smith would be inactive for yesterday's game, I just assumed it was because he hasn't really been a productive or useful player this season. While that may be true, it is apparently not the reason he was held out. His knee swelled up on the flight to Miami and a subsequent MRI revealed a bone bruise.
It was the same knee that he had microfracture surgery on last December.
So it certainly seems that Smith is not 100%, which makes sense. This is a guy who was a really good WR with the Giants and still owns their single season receptions record. But here, he's been a shell of himself and has never seemed to get back up to speed. I doubt Steve Smith will be here next year, but hopefully for his career's sake he does heal up and return to being a productive player. By all accounts he is a good guy and you never want to see a good young player's career fizzle out like this because of injury.