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Smith says he's playing Sunday

Wide receiver Steve Smith said he expects to play Sunday, just nine months after undergoing microfracture surgery to help him recover from an articular cartilage injury in his knee.

Smith says he's playing Sunday

Steve Smith said today that he plans to play on Sunday. (Les Bowen/Staff Photo)
Steve Smith said today that he plans to play on Sunday. (Les Bowen/Staff Photo)

Wide receiver Steve Smith said he expects to play Sunday, just nine months after undergoing microfracture surgery to help him recover from an articular cartilage injury in his knee.

Smith may only have a limited role behind DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant, but he has a package of plays he expects to be involved in.

"It is a miracle. God, I guess, helped me heal. You know, I'm still healing, I'm still getting better. But I'm just able to do stuff," Smith said.

He said he has been studying hard to prepare.

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"I'm behind DeSean and I got me a package of plays in the four-wide set, so we'll see what happens," Smith said.

Andy Reid said "there's a chance" Smith plays. Smith has practiced all week and has not been on the injury report. Reid said Smith was able to recover from microfracture surgery faster than some others because the surgery did not affect his cartilage or ligaments, and he had little swelling.

Vince Young is listed as doubtful. He took some snaps today but has practiced very little, so Mike Kafka is likely the number two quarterback Sunday.

Asante Samuel "tweaked" his shoulder in practice, Reid said, but the cornerback will be listed as probable. Reid said he did not think the injury would be an issue.

Kyle DeVan said he has been taking first team snaps in between Jason Kelce and Todd Herremans (confirming what had been reported earlier this week) and making it clear that he will get the start at right guard Sunday.

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