Bengals RT Andre Smith underwent surgery on his left foot last week, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
Smith’s rookie season with the Bengals was first held up by a lengthy contract holdout, then a fractured left foot that he suffered two days after his holdout ended. The injury prevented Smith from winning the starting job at right tackle and derailed his entire season. He returned to play the final six games of the season, making one start.
Joe Reedy writes that the procedure was done to prevent a future break, and the estimated time of recovery is 10 weeks. Smith should be ready when organized team activities begin in May.
Bengals offensive line coach Paul Alexander hasn’t named Smith the starter entering next season, according to Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com, but all signs point to him winning more snaps and supplanting Dennis Roland.
Smith, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, missed training camp and the first three preseason games before agreeing to a four-year, $26 million deal that included $21 million guaranteed.