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Mike Tomlin: Aaron Smith Could Return This Year

Steelers defensive end had surgery yesterday on a torn triceps muscle he suffered in Sunday’s win over the Dolphins, and it was assumed he would be out of the season. Today, however, Mike Tomlin says that Smith might be back at some point this season. The news is delivered rather cryptically here:

But today at his weekly press conference, coach Mike Tomlin said that there is a chance Smith might be able to return at some point later this season.

So the Steelers will wait for the time being as Smith rehabs before deciding if they’ll put him on the season-ending IR.

UPDATE: The Trib has more.

Smith’s return will be contingent upon how quickly he can heal from his third major injury in the last four years. The Steelers ultimately could place Smith on injured reserve if his recovery goes slower than anticipated.

“At this juncture we intend to wait that out,” Tomlin said.

Nick Eason or Ziggy Hood will start in place of Smith at left defensive end.

The Steelers will need to add another defensive lineman to their 53-man roster, and Tomlin indicated they will sign Steve McLendon from the practice squad.

The Trib also writes that Flozell Adams is expected to be back against the Saints, and the Steelers are also “hopeful” that LaMarr Woodley and Brett Keisel will be too.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.