The Pittsburgh Steelers’ decision not to put Aaron Smith on injured reserve when he tore his triceps in Week 7 might still pay off — but only if the Steelers can get to the Super Bowl without him.
Jason La Canfora of NFL Network reports that Smith is virtually certain to miss the divisional round game against the Baltimore Ravens and doubtful to play in the AFC Championship Game if the Steelers make it. But with the Super Bowl still close to four weeks out, Smith still has a shot of playing then.
“The Super Bowl would probably be the most realistic timetable,” an unnamed source told La Canfora.
Smith made a cameo appearance in full pads at practice last week, and he’s lifting weights, but he’s described as “extremely limited” in practice.