The biggest question following Sunday’s win over Washington had to do with the state of running back Kevin Smith.
Head Coach Jim Schwartz simply said they are waiting on test results before determining how to move forward.
Schwartz: “He’s got a shoulder. Had some tests done today, we’ll probably just see where it is this week. You’re not going to get a whole lot more out of me than that.”
Smith, who had his first 100-yard rushing game of the season, says he is sore but is looking to get back on the field as soon as possible.
Smith: “I mean, I’m not ready to play if we had to play a game tomorrow and that’s from the general soreness, but I’m 22 years old and I usually heal pretty fast. There’s nothing. I don’t have any bone damage or anything like that. It’s just icing down, what you have to do in the NFL. You’re not going to be healthy a lot of weeks, so I got to spend most of the hours of the day icing down, getting treatment, to get myself back.”
If Smith isn’t able to go this week, the start would go to veteran Maurice Morris who finished Sunday’s game with 10 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Schwartz: “Maurice (Morris) is a skilled running back. He’s been very efficient in his runs. He carried the ball two times against the Vikings, I think 8 and 9 yards were his two carries. He had a couple in this game that he’d probably like to have back, but Maurice, when you look at his efficiency, his efficiency has been very good. We have a lot of confidence that if he has to go that he can shoulder the load. It’s one of the reasons that he was brought here, to be able to take 30 carries in a game if he had to.”
From Smith’s standpoint, getting hurt hasn’t hurt the enjoyment of his first NFL win.
Smith: “Of course, I would have loved to finish with the guys, but they still gave me high fives. They didn’t feel like I was not part of the team anymore. I still went out there and celebrated.”
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