Malcolm Smith had ankle surgery


Linebacker Malcolm Smith was not a particularly well known name heading into Super Bowl XLVIII, but he changed that with an interception return for a touchdown and a fumble recovery that helped him become the MVP of Seattle’s 43-8 rout of the Broncos.

Those exploits helped Seattle win in February, but they don’t guarantee Smith much in the way of playing time come this fall because he was a backup for much of the season and the Seahawks return regular starters Bruce Irvin, Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright. Smith’s chances of using the offseason as a springboard to a bigger role took a hit when he had ankle surgery to clean up “loose bodies.”

“He had a couple little things in his ankle he had to clean up,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said, via the Seattle Times. “He’ll be OK.”

Smith is expected to be healthy in time for training camp, as are two other Seahawks vets who had surgery since the Super Bowl. Carroll said “we have no hesitation” that safety Kam Chancellor will be good to go after hip surgery while tackle Russell Okung is recovering after toe surgery.

6 responses to “Malcolm Smith had ankle surgery

  1. Too much depth at LB for this to be a concern. Malcolm is a good backup, but K.J. and Bruce are the starters and KPL looks like he’ll challenge Smith for playing time. How often does the SuperBowl MVP not make the team the following season because there’s too much talent ahead of him?

  2. He makes the team, it’s KJ that is playing his last year. No big payday available for him. I say trade KJ to Dallas for 2015 2nd rounder before season starts. He is gone in 2015 anyway. Youth is cheap.

  3. I think Malcom is a great back up. But it wasn’t just the Super Bowl he was around the ball making plays. NFC Championship game he caught the Sherman tip and just has a nose for the ball.

    In my eyes with starting talent with have and Smith’s clone being drafted and I thought he would be primed for a trade like Desmond Howard or Deion Branch. I am sad at the thoughts of KJ Wright going anywhere else but looks like a reality like my fellow Hawk fan posted.

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