San Diego State quarterback Maxwell Smith suffered a torn ACL against Nevada last weekend, but could still potentially play in whatever bowl game the Aztecs make.
Speaking to reporters, including Kirk Kenney of The San Diego Union Tribune, coach Rocky Long discussed Smith’s plans to try and rehab his injury and forego surgery so he could potentially play in the postseason after missing the Mountain West Championship Game against Air Force on Saturday.
“He says he’s going to try to play in the bowl game,” Long said. “He’s going to try to rehab and put it in a brace and see if he can play with the brace and then he’s going to get operated on after the bowl game. That’s his plan right now. That’s what he wants to do.”
“The one position you could probably do it is quarterback. If you hand the ball off and straight drop back and all you do is throw it, you might (be able to play). … I can’t believe he wants to try, to be honest with you, but if he wants to try, good for him.”
“They said it was OK,” Long said. “They’re going to fix it anyway.”
While admirable on Smith’s end that he’s so committed to helping his team win, this is not the time for him to be a hero. ACL injuries are nothing with which to mess around and though athletes have played with them before, as San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers played with a torn ACL in the 2008 AFC Championship Game, Smith needs to think about his long-term future be it in football or elsewhere.
That said, better for him to just go under the knife now and cheer his team on from the sidelines instead of keep playing and risk more extensive damage.
Kickoff for the Mountain West Championship Game is slated for 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
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