Smith Expects To Play With Separated Shoulder

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Updated: 9/26/2012 8:00 pm
Kentucky quarterback Maxwell Smith reveals that his shoulder is more than just bruised - it's separated - but head coach Joker Phillips says he expects Smith to be ready to play against South Carolina.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips said that quarterback Maxwell Smith will be ready to play against South Carolina Saturday, after missing last week's game at Florida with a separated shoulder.

UK had previously referred to Smith's injury as a bruised shoulder, but Smith said following practice on Wednesday that the hit he took against Western Kentucky reaggravated the separated shoulder injury that he suffered against Georgia last season.

Both Phillips and Smith said they feel that the injury will likely be something that lingers and causes pain throughout the season but that surgery is not under consideration at this point.

Smith did not throw on Wednesday, but did Tuesday and will Thursday. Phillips said that will be the "throw pattern" for Smith moving forward to protect his shoulder.

Smith said that he felt good Tuesday throwing the ball but did experience some pain, which kept him from putting a little more "snap" on some throws and caused him to be more inaccurate than usual.

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