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Left guard Wade Smith has knee surgery on Tuesday

After missing the last week of practice, left guard Wade Smith had arthroscopic knee surgery this morning.

"We made a decision last night to have Wade's knee scoped today, so we took an aggressive approach to clean it up," head coach Gary Kubiak said. "He's already done."

Kubiak said the surgery was successful, and that Smith will soon be back on the mend and rehabbing.

"Everything went good, so now we start the process of coming back," Kubiak said. "It's going to be a day-to-day deal right now, but he's got some work to do to get back."

Smith, a Pro Bowler last season, was replaced in the starting lineup by second-year guard Ben Jones. Last season as a rookie, Jones played right guard, after an All-SEC career as a center at Georgia. The club has also worked rookie David Quessenberry at guard. Yesterday, the Texans acquired offensive lineman Nate Menkin from Philadelphia in exchange for receiver Jeff Maehl.

Smith had what the Texans described as a "deep bone bruise" after colliding last week with outside linebacker Brooks Reed.

Kubiak said it will likely be a "good week" before the team will know how soon Smith can return.   


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