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Smith still two months from running

New York Giants wide receiver Steve Smith celebrates

New York Giants wide receiver Steve Smith celebrates his first-half touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys. (Oct. 25, 2010) Credit: AP

While there was plenty to talk about, the most important football question at the Vaseline MEN event at Chelsea Piers was this: How’s Steve Smith’s knee?

Well, I can tell you that he was walking around pretty gingerly on it with a noticeable limp. And when he and Strahan and Tony Gonzalez were playing with the kids, Steve was extremely careful about making any sudden moves and relegated himself mostly to quarterbacking.

Smith is coming off microfracture surgery on his knee, but he said he’s not experiencing any discomfort in the joint. He’s begun running in a pool and expects to be running for real by the end of May. He could be back on the field for the start of the season, assuming there is one.

But even Smith can’t be sure to what level he’ll return. He saw Giants safety Kenny Phillips play in 2010 a year after microfracture surgery and has spoken to him about the experience. Smith said it was clear that Phillips lost some of his explosiveness.

“There were a couple of plays where the old Kenny would have gotten an interception or a big hit,” Smith said. “Hopefully he’ll come around. It’s just a slow process and you have to know that.”


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