We’ve seen it time and time again in the NFL: The recovery time after major knee surgery is never a certainty and rarely treats two players the same. The latest example is Kevin Smith.
Working behind rookie Jahvid Best, Smith finds himself competing to re-claim a role with the Lions while recuperating from offseason knee surgery to repair a torn ACL. Lions coach Jim Schwartz said Smith isn’t yet to the point where he trusts his knee, according to The Detroit Free Press.
“I’ve known a lot of people to come back from knee injuries and they need to get to the point where it’s not even on their agenda anymore; they don’t think about it when they’re out there,” Schwartz said. “That’s a long process. That’s not an overnight thing. So he’s still working that way.”
Lions running backs coach Sam Gash told the team’s official site he has little doubt the underdog Smith will get back while talking about the recovery more in depth.
Time, though, might not be on Smith’s side. It sounds like he’s in danger of not making the final 53-player roster, as Schwartz was non-committal on the subject.
“I don’t know,” Schwartz said. “I’ll cross that bridge when we get there. I don’t know that there’s very many people that have 100 percent earned a spot.”
Smith doesn’t play special teams, which could impact the Lions’ decision heading into Saturday’s roster deadline. Maurice Morris, Aaron Brown, DeDe Dorsey and Jerome Felton are also on the roster.