Steve Smith (NYG) Is Now Steve Smith (PHI)

Steve Smith (NYG) Is Now Steve Smith (PHI)

Well, the Eagles have inked another Pro Bowler this off-season, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with wide receiver Steve Smith, formerly of the New York Giants. Smith underwent microfracture knee surgery in December, and his now former coach, Tom Coughlin, says he has "a ways to go" before being ready to play again, so he will likely not be available at the start of the season, perhaps even starting off on the PUP list.

Still, it's hard not to be excited at the possibility of adding a healthy Smith to the mix at some point this season. Hell I'm even just glad he's not a Giant anymore.

Smith's Pro Bowl season was 2009, when he hauled in 107 receptions for 1,220 yards and 7 TDs. He played in just nine games last season, and microfracture surgery can pose a difficult and sometimes unpredictable recovery schedule. His possibilities as an Eagle range from non-factor to late- and postseason hero, and he won't cost much in either case. 

Before you ask, we're not sure what this means regarding the mysterious health situation of Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin, who hasn't practiced yet at Lehigh. It doesn't change much regarding the short-term outlook for Maclin, since Smith doesn't appear ready to get on the field any time soon. But long-term? That remains to be seen, as we still await word on Maclin's availability to start the season and beyond. 

Update: Reuben Frank's Eagles source says Smith's physical went well, and the team believes he can be ready by mid-season.

Mike Garafalo's twitter timeline is full of info as well, including that the deal is for $4 million, with $2 million guaranteed, and that Smith does not agree with Coughlin's statement as to his being far away from playing, stating that he could be out there in the next few weeks. We'll see.

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Phillies' rookie Zach Eflin has surgery on left knee

Phillies' rookie Zach Eflin has surgery on left knee

Six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair the patella tendon in his right knee, Phillies rookie Zach Eflin went under the knife again Friday.

As expected, Eflin had the same surgery - performed by Dr. Steve Cohen - done on his left knee.

According to the Phillies, Eflin will be immobilized for six weeks and is expected to make a full recovery.

Eflin, 22, has been dealing with knee problems since he was about 11 years old. The issues caused him to make just 11 starts in his rookie campaign. 

“You know this is an issue he’s been fighting since he was a kid,” general manager Matt Klentak said on the day of Eflin’s first surgery in August. “I think he told me since he was 11 years old, he first started battling knee problems. The hope here is that it’s going to alleviate the problem. And that he’s not going to have to deal with it. And in just talking candidly with Zach last night, while not excited to undergo the knife today, he was pretty excited about the possibility of coming to spring training next year pain-free for the first time in his life.”

That is still the expectation.

Eflin finished his rookie year 3-5 with a 5.54 ERA in 63 ⅓ innings pitched. He was 5-2 with a 2.90 ERA in 68 ⅓ innings at Triple A Lehigh Valley.

Temple's Trey Lowe to redshirt as recovery from car accident continues

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Temple's Trey Lowe to redshirt as recovery from car accident continues

Temple head coach Fran Dunphy had a feeling some bad news would come regarding guard Trey Lowe's status for the coming season. On Friday, it was made official.

Lowe, a freshman who suffered serious upper-body injuries in a single-car crash in his native New Jersey last February, will miss all of the 2016-17 season and take a medical redshirt as he continues to recover, Dunphy announced on Friday.

"We all feel that this is in the best interest for Trey, as a person, a basketball player and a student," Dunphy said in a statement released by the university. "We feel at this time that concentrating on his rehabilitation this year will give him the best chance to come back strong and healthy for 2017-18. Trey will still be a big part of the team during this redshirt year, while continuing to work with our medical and strength team in preparation for his full return to action.”

Lowe was just starting to come into his own at the collegiate level around the time of the unfortunate accident. In a Feb. 17 game at the Liacouras Center against then-No.1 and eventual national champion Villanova, Lowe dropped a career-high 21 points. Though the Owls lost, 83-67, Lowe had made an impact and earned the trust of Dunphy, which isn't easy to do as a freshman.

A three-star recruit, Lowe played in all 28 games, including five starts, prior to his injury and averaged 4.8 points and 1.8 assists in 12.3 minutes per game. He would be a redshirt sophomore if he's ready to return for the 2017-18 season.

The absence of Lowe will leave the Owls particularly thin at guard this year. You may recall senior point guard Josh Brown, who was to be counted on as the Owls' leader this season, tore his Achilles tendon during an offseason workout. His status for this season is still unknown as he continues to rehab from his injury.

Junior forward Obi Enechionyia, who averaged 11 points per game last season, is Temple's leading returning scorer.

The onus to produce at guard will be placed on redshirt senior Daniel Dingle and sophomore Shizz Alston, Jr. True freshmen Quinton Rose and Alani Moore will also likely have to chip in.

They have just over a month to get ready. Temple hosts La Salle in both schools' season opener on Friday, Nov. 11 at the Liacouras Center.