Rod Smith’s hip hasn’t improved in the two months that followed his brief practice-field foray in late October.
It’s actually gotten worse.
“It feels worse than it ever did before I had surgery,” Smith said Friday. “So pretty much it is not healed. It’s not healing at all. I’ve been through different procedures and been up to Vail several times trying to figure out a way to get it right, and it doesn’t feel right. I took the last six weeks off. I really haven’t worked out or anything, and it feels worse. I wake up in the morning, and I can feel it. I sit down, and I can feel it.”
Because of that, the wide receiver will “more than likely” undergo another hip surgery in January, the magnitude of which is still to be determined.
“There’s a resurfacing and there’s a hip replacement. There’s two options with one doctor,” said Smith, who declined to name the physician. “Then there are some other doctors I’m looking at, too, but the one doctor in L.A., he does those two procedures.”
“I’m evaluating which (procedure) is going to be best for me long-term. That’s kind of where I’m at. I really didn’t want to talk about it because I really didn’t want to be a distraction to anything we were trying to do as a football team.”
3:31 P.M. MST ADDENDUM: As promised, here’s more … a story from the main site about Smith, the potential surgery, et. al.
ALSO … The winner of the Friday morning punting derby was former Oregon State punter Sam Paulescu, who signed his contract shortly after earning the job. Paulescu has no regular-season experience, but was in Cowboys training camp and posted a gross average of 51.0 yards per punt and a net of 41.0 yards on two preseason punts. Coincidentally, both punts came against the Broncos on Aug. 18.