Defensive end Aaron Smith had surgery Monday for a torn tricep tendon in his left arm, but it is possible he will not miss the remainder of the season.
Coach Mike Tomlin said today the Steelers will wait and see how Smith recovers from the surgery and, for now, will keep a roster spot open for their veteran defensive end.
"At this point, we intend to wait this out," Tomlin said at his weekly news conference. "He's a quality player. If there's hope for his return, we will be hopeful."
Smith tore the tendon, which is attached to the tricep muscle, during the third quarter of the Steelers' 23-22 victory in Miami.
The Steelers will have a meeting tomorrow to further determine Smith's status. Tomlin said it is unlikely the team will go outside the organization to sign a backup defensive lineman
First Published October 26, 2010 3:15 PM