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Colts’ RT Braden Smith has successful surgery on left knee, preps for upcoming 2024 season

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By: Andrew Thomison

Jenna Watson-USA TODAY Sports

The Colts’ right tackle is back healthy after successful left knee surgery during the offseason.

Indianapolis Colts’ right tackle Braden Smith appears to be trending in the right direction regarding the health of his left knee. Smith sustained the injury last season and provided an update in what he referred to as ‘successful surgery,’ when speaking with local media members on Tuesday afternoon.

“Had successful surgery, did some rehab this offseason,” Smith said. “(I) feel like I’m in a pretty good spot. Strength’s coming back.”

Smith’s injuries to both his hip and left knee caused him to miss a total of seven games last season. Smith said the knee issue never truly went away.

“It was kind of a lingering issue basically all the way into the spring,” Smith said. “It progressively got worse and was one of those things (where) I was trying to get back too fast.”

Battling the lingering left knee injury for most of the 2023 season wasn’t easy for Smith, who certainly wanted to be out there playing alongside his teammates.

“You need to get something done, so you go out there and do what you can for your team,” Smith said. “You’ve just got to build that mental fortitude over time and just do what you can.”

Despite the knee injury, Smith is now at a point where he feels comfortable about where he’s at in the process of getting healthy.

“I’m already in a better spot than I was last year,” Smith said. “I feel confident about that.”

While Smith won’t put a specific timetable on his return to the Colts’ offseason programs, he’ll continue to work through the rehab process and anticipates being ready to go for the 2024 season.

“It’s a thing you take week-to-week and see where your body’s at,” Smith said. “Be patient with it and make sure we get to the season healthy.”

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