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Alex Smith says recovery from spleen injury going well

Alex Smith, shown during the 2012 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament, played the event again last week and said he is recovering well from his spleen injury that knocked him out of the Chiefs’ season finale.
Alex Smith, shown during the 2012 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament, played the event again last week and said he is recovering well from his spleen injury that knocked him out of the Chiefs’ season finale. The Associated Press

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith just played in the A&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. The offseason is in full swing and he is still trying to fully recover from his spleen injury.

At the moment he feels pretty confident everything will finish on time.

“It’s doing well, going great,” Smith said. “I should be fully healed and should be moving forward full go.”

And what kind of effect might this have on off-season training?

“It shouldn’t affect any of that, it was really just the contact that was holding me up, so with OTAs I should be fine,” Smith said.

For Smith and the Chiefs, this whole situation is by no means ideal, but even the 30-year-old knows it could have been much worse.

“It was just sort of a freak thing that it lacerated and the question is whether or not it was enlarged before or after the hit, just kind of figuring that out,” Smith said. “But I got a ton of tests done and luckily it stopped bleeding or otherwise it could have possibly been emergency surgery, so I was lucky. Really the only result is missing one game.”

That may end up being the end result, but in the meantime what will happen with the Chiefs and the uncertainty surrounding player contracts?

One of the pressing questions facing the organization is whether or not Smith is willing to restructure his contract to give the Chiefs an easier cap hit. Before last season, Smith signed a four-year extension through 2018 that is worth $45 million guaranteed.

Smith is clear he’s a team player although the topic, according to the quarterback, has not yet been brought up to him by management.

“I haven’t really given it a ton of thought, I haven’t really been approached by it,” Smith said. “I’m obviously willing to do anything to help the team and help us get better — whatever that is.

“Changing around things, that’s not really my area of expertise. Those guys handle that but you’re willing to shift things around to help the team out. As a quarterback — why not?

“I haven’t been in talks with that and so it’s purely speculation at this point.”

What is not speculation is that is there is plenty of offseason ahead and Smith plans to spend much of it in California, between his house south of San Francisco and his parents’ house in San Diego.

But as the offseason’s significant events approach, there already have been some changes with the departure of receivers AJ Jenkins and Donnie Avery.

Smith knows there is much ahead after the Combine.

“Obviously free agency and the draft are the big things to happen but we’ve got all of our offseason: Phase one, phase two, the OTAs, and the minicamp,” Smith said. “It’ll be a chance to see all those new guys in and really rehash everything from this year and look to get better.”

What will better mean for this roster? Stay tuned.

In the meantime Smith enjoyed his time at Pebble Beach.

“It’s a real tournament and we’ve got players with real stuff on the line,” Smith said of the pro-am. “And you’ve got guys like me alongside them. I couldn’t imagine in the football world how that would even work-that I’d be playing a real game with guys hacking out there.”

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