It came as a bit of a surprise when Eagles WR Steve Smith came off the PUP list and returned to Eagles practice last week. The former Giant underwent knee surgery only last December and when he signed in Philadelphia the speculation was that he may not be fully ready to play until midseason. However, his return to practice so early seemed to push up those expectations.
Speaking to WIP this week, Andy Reid tempered those expectations a bit saying Smith isn’t likely to be ready by week one. The good news is that Jeremy Maclin, on the other hand, probably will.
"We still have a couple of weeks here to get them back into playing shape and out there against the Rams possibly. Now with Steve it might be a little bit longer then that. Jeremy I think there is a good chance he will be ready for the Rams, but Steve might take a little bit longer."
Reid also said that neither guy will play in the final preseason game against the Jets on Thursday.