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Painful start for No. 1 wideouts Smith, Bryant
Posted Aug. 10 at 10:27 PM
Running backs are more of an injury risk than wide receivers; that's the general rule, anyway. But the preseason hasn't started out that way for Steve Smith and Antonio Bryant.
Smith hurt his shoulder in practice yesterday; his agent says he'll be out a minimum of two weeks. The news is even worse for Bryant, who is undergoing minor knee surgery and will definitely miss the rest of the preseason.
This is without even mentioning Donnie Avery, who doesn't have nearly the resume of those players but is (by default) the No. 1 wideout in St. Louis. He'll almost certainly miss the start of the season with a 4-6 week foot injury.
In the case of Smith and Bryant, neither should fall too much in drafts; both might be good to go in week 1, which is still a full month away. Then again, there are a few wideouts of similar value to each of those players, enough that you can consider moving somebody ahead of them in your rankings based on them seeming like a slightly safer pick. Or maybe the injury enables you to get Smith at a later spot in drafts, should he fall too far.
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