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New York Giants WR Steve Smith’s Rehab is Going Well; Scheduled to Begin Running Soon

Steve Smith talked to reporters on Thursday and said his rehab is going well and if everything goes right in the next month, he could begin running in May.

This is great news for Eli Manning, who was noticeably worse without his safety blanket last season.

However, Smith still believes he has much work to do and doesn’t feel that he is out of the woods just yet. “It’s a serious injury,” Smith said. “I’ve got to wait and see til I’m done running. Probably I’m going to have to change a little bit this year, so we’ll see.”

Although he has begun running in the pool and riding the stationary bike, he did not participate in any running drills while at the Vaseline’s Men promotion for their new computer game.

Smith is wary of what his teammate Kenny Phillips went through last off season with his knee injury, and admits he wasn’t 100 percent despite playing in every game of the 2010 season.

“It looked like to me on a couple plays the old Kenny probably would have got an interception or a big hit,” Smith said. “Hopefully, he’ll come around.

The Giants will need Smith 100 percent if they want to stay healthy; his ability to break down zone coverages and be a consistent threat on third down are something Manning really missed when Smith was out.