Steve Smith’s season has come to an end as the Eagles placed the former Giants wide receiver on injured reserve on Monday with a bone bruise in his surgically-repaired left knee.
Smith left the Giants in August to sign a one-year deal worth more than $2 million with the Eagles in a move that infuriated the Giants fan base at the time. But the Giants felt Smith was going to need time to recover from the surgery he underwent on his knee last December.
Smith, though, was active for the first game of the season and he was active for nine games this season. But he only finished with 11 receptions for 124 yards and one touchdown –- which came against the Giants in a 17-10 Eagles’ victory last month.
According to CSNPhilly.com, Andy Reid told reporters on Monday that Smith’s left knee swelled up on the team’s flight to Miami on Saturday. Reid said Smith’s knee “wasn’t bothering him much” prior to the flight. But the wide receiver was inactive for the game against the Dolphins and an MRI revealed a significant bone bruise according to Reid.
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reported last month that Smith would be open to a reunion with the Giants next season. While Smith should be healthier next season, Victor Cruz has emerged into a big-time playmaker in his absence. Mario Manningham, however, is in the last year of his contract.