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Aaron Smith Finally Back at Practice; a Longshot to Play Next Saturday

There’s been quite a few questions asked about DE Aaron Smith, and if he may be ready to go for the playoff opener for next Saturday at Heinz Field. Well, a big step was taken on Tuesday, when Smith was in full pads for the first time since partially tearing his left triceps in the game in Miami back on October 24th.

Smith didn’t do a lot, and some think that he will not play in the divisional game, but could be ready for the AFC Title game if the Steelers make it. “I think he needed to remember how to put his helmet back on and tie his shoes,” Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel joked. “To get him back on the football field running around a little bit was a step in the right direction.”

Ziggy Hood has played well in Smith’s place, and unlike years past, the run D hasn’t missed a beat without Smith, which is unlike years past when Smith went down, the run D did as well. Hood though knows how important Smith is. “He’s back running, and in no time, he’ll be back on the field practicing,” Hood said.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

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