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Dr. Russell Warren examined Smith at the Hospital for Special Surgery on Tuesday and diagnosed the injury to the fourth-year player’s articular cartilage. No date has been set for the surgery.

Dr. Michael Kelly, the chairman of department of orthopedic surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center, said the recovery period from surgery involving articular cartilage can be lengthy because the cartilage has no ability to regenerate itself. Kelly said the articulate cartilage helps cushion the bone.

“If articular cartilage surgery is performed, depending on the surgical procedure itself, the recovery involves limited weight bearing, so an extensive period on crutches, and then limited impact activity, such as running for many months,” Kelly said in a telephone interview with The AP. “It depends on what they do, the size and location. It all influences the recovery significantly. No matter how you do it, it takes a while.”

Kelly said Smith has a chance to be ready for training camp.

NOTES: Starting right guard Chris Snee did not practice because of a hip injury. Center Shaun O’Hara (foot), tackle Shawn Andrews (back) and defensive end Osi Umenyiora (knee) practiced on a limited basis.