Friday, September 7, 2007


Spend a day in the shoes of L.J. Smith and you will understand why he's not as anxious to get back on the field as his coaches. Smith strained his groin early in training camp while rushing back from surgery for a sports hernia. He turned out to be right when his body didn't feel right when he got back to practice, and it basically cost him the entire preseason. What makes the injury a mini-drama is that Smith is in the last year of his contract and the Eagles obviously are prepared to go in the direction of rookie Brent Celek, the fifth round pick who looks like one of the steals of the draft. Just like the Eagles protected themselves with Celek, Smith has to look out for himself. If he's not ultra-smart about his injury, everybody loses including the Eagles. Neither Matt Schobel or Celek can get down the field like a healthy Smith, whose speed adds another dimension to the Philly attack.


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