Just nine months after undergoing microfracture surgery to recover from cartilage damage in his right knee, Eagles’ wide receiver Steve Smith says that he plans to play in the season opener against the St. Louis Rams.
Smith was signed by the Eagles in early August and wasn’t expected to be ready for week 1. But he has been practicing for a few weeks now and said he will play in week 1, even if he has a limited role.
“It is a miracle. God, I guess, helped me heal. You know, I’m still healing, I’m still getting better. But I’m just able to do stuff,” Smith said.
Smith is currently listed as the team’s fourth wide receiver, behind DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, and Jason Avant.
He caught 107 passes and earned a Pro Bowl selection two seasons ago, but was limited to just 48 catches in 10 games last season.
If he returns to top form, and Maclin shows no lingering effects from the illness that plagued him this past offseason, the Eagles’ wide receiving corps should be considered the class of the NFL.