Smith good to go; Quessenberry, Williams have surgery

Smith good to go; Quessenberry, Williams have surgery
September 5, 2013, 2:15 pm
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(Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports)

Wade Smith was a full participant in Thursday’s practice and is on track to start the Week 1 opener in San Diego on Monday.

Smith had athroscopic knee surgery on Aug. 13. He returned to the practice fields this week but began the week with trainers working on a side field. Not on Thursday.

“Wade’s fine. He’s doing really good,” Kubiak said. “He took the full load of practice today. Made one heckuva recovery. I know it’s important for him to be there for his guys up front and for his team. We tried to talk to him about doing this much today and this much tomorrow and he wasn’t having any of it. Said, ‘I’m coming back, I’m coming back.’ So, he was a full participant.”

Had Smith, a Pro Bowler last year, not been able to play in the opener, second-year player Ben Jones would have started at left guard.

David Quessenberry, who broke his foot on Monday, had surgery to repair it on Wednesday. The team hasn’t put him on IR because it’s unclear when he’ll be ready to play again. He might be a candidate for IR with designation to return. The sixth-round pick from San Jose State had an impressive training camp and looked like he would be battling for playing time as a backup.

Quessenberry wasn’t the only draft pick to have surgery on Wednesday. Third-round pick Brennan Williams has microfracture knee surgery. Williams, placed on IR at final cuts, had a much less-invasive surgery earlier this summer. If Quessenberry goes on IR, that will be four draft picks on the Injured Reserve.

"It’s a little disappointing that they’re not there right now because of what’s happened to some of them physically," Kubiak said. "But I’ve kind of learned not to judge a draft class too quick because these things happen; I think over a period of time, we’ll see. But I think it’s a good class. I just think we’ve been unfortunate with a few things."

Linebacker Darryl Sharpton is still not practicing. It was discovered that he had a concussion prior to the preseason game against the Saints. He is still going through the NFL’s concussion protocol. It’s unclear if he’ll be ready by the opener.

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