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Insider Only NFL: Source: Aaron Smith progressing towards a return by the playoffs; Ben has surgery

Pittsburgh’s Aaron Smith is scheduled to have an MRI on his partial torn triceps early this week, and barring something unforeseen showing up in the MRI, Smith’s rehab progress is on schedule for a late December return to the field.

Smith has intensified his workouts and should “definetely” be back for the playoffs, according to a source close to the situation.
The Steelers did not to put Smith on injured reserve after having surgery following the October 24th contest, because the team felt he had a chance to return late in the season. The timetable following the surgery was 8-to-9 weeks.
Smith is about 6 weeks into his rehab and if the Steelers were to receive a bye, they wouldn’t play until the middle of January.
Mike Tomlin is expected to have an update this week.
Meanwhile, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had surgery to reset his broken nose, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Roethlisberger is not expected to miss anytime.

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