Patriots head coach Bill Belichick told WEEI in Boston that defensive end Will Smith is still rehabbing from ACL surgery.
“We feel like that’s coming along, going in the right direction — we’ll see how it all turns out,” Belichick said when asked about Smith. “It’s different, but similar, to Tommy Kelly‘s situation last year. Tommy wasn’t coming off an injury last year like Will is this year, but similar [in that he’s a] productive player that we feel like still has some good football left, but is probably in the back half of their career.”
Belichick is optimistic Smith will be ready to go.
“We’ll see where Will is able to get to. He’s got a lot of experience — he’s got a lot of production throughout his career,” Belichick added. “I think he’ll be competitive, but we’ll have to see how he rehabs from the injury. But we’re optimistic that he’ll be on the field and be able to compete at some point. He’s not ready right now, but I think he will be.”