Wide receiver Tim Smith to receive second opinion on injured ankle
Sophomore wide receiver Tim Smith this week will receive a second opinion on a lingering ankle injury, Virginia Coach Mike London said Monday. One of the Cavaliers' top returning wide receivers, Smith saw action as a reserve wideout in Virginia's first two games.
Smith had stated over the weekend on a social media website that he was out for the season due to an undisclosed injury. London said a decision on Smith's status for the remainder of the season has not yet been made.
"We are going to look more in depth into what are the possibilities for Tim, and obviously one of the discussion points was possibly redshirting him; that’s on the table with him," London said. "I know he’s frustrated. He wants to play. He wants to get back to his old self of being full-speed and being able to run those reverses and things like that that we all know he can. But he’s just limited right now."
In order to obtain a medical redshirt, a player must not have played in more than half the snaps in 30 percent of his team's games. Virginia will host 1-AA Virginia Military Institute on Saturday in its third game of the season.
Smith played in each of Virginia's first two games. He has recorded three receptions for 28 yards.
"This is that point that we’re at," London said regarding the time when a decision needs to be made on whether to redshirt a player for medical reasons. "I think (Smith) is at a place in his mind where he played as a true freshman last year, and this may be an opportunity, should all indications point this way, for him not to play this year."
Smith was not listed on the depth chart Virginia released Monday. The two second-team wide receivers were juniors Matt Snyder and Jared Green. London also mentioned junior Ray Keys as another wide receiver who could see more snaps on offense in Smith's absence.
London said Smith's injury was not exacerbated during one of Virginia's practices during its bye week. Rather, he said the coaching staff had Smith looked at by team doctors after reviewing film from the Cavaliers' 17-14 loss Sept. 11 at Southern California.
Late in the fourth quarter against the Trojans, Smith took a handoff on a reverse and ran for a 16-yard gain. It was on that play that London said Smith "kind of tweaked (the ankle) a little bit."
"We stopped the tape, and at one point we kind of had everybody blocked and the Tim Smith that he was used to being was a guy who would just take the ball and run up the sideline," London said. "When you’re a skill player, you rely on your speed, and when you can’t run the way you want to, then it’s different than a lineman or someone who can just play through pain or injury."
| September 20, 2010; 5:00 PM ET
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