On Wednesday afternoon, Giants coach Tom Coughlin said that receiver Steve Smith faces a “long haul” as he continues his recovery from microfracture surgery.
On Wednesday night, Smith was answering reporters’ questions after signing with the Eagles. And Smith took issue with Coughlin’s assessment of the situation.
“I would disagree with that personally just because I feel good,” Smith said, via quotes distributed by the Eagles. “I’ve been running, I’ve been doing different things, cutting and stuff and it’s been feeling good. I haven’t been having any setbacks so hopefully that will continue but we’ll see.”
So what was Coughlin up to?
“I don’t know, maybe Coughlin has a plan or something up his sleeve when he said that,” Smith said. “Who knows, but I got checked out by both team doctors and have positive reports, so we’ll see what happens when I get on the field.”
Smith said that he could be ready to play by Week Two, possibly by Week One. He explained that the Eagles had been talking to his agent “for weeks,” and that he had been waiting for the Giants to make a decision.
The Giants made their decision, and the Eagles and Smith made their decision. With Jeremy Maclin still absent due to an undetermined illness, Smith could end up being a key addition to the team.