We just got a few minutes with Joel Smith, and came away with the vibe that he won't be returning this season. He said he felt about 70 percent at practice yesterday, and that he doesn't want to risk his future by coming back until he's 100 percent. That's quite a gap to be resolved by tomorrow, when coach Romar said the decision would be made.
One reporter apparently was getting the same impression and asked if it seemed long odds that he would play this season. And Smith agreed, using those same words: "Yes, long odds."