Posted: Sep 26, 2012 5:18 PM by Alan Cutler
Updated: Sep 26, 2012 5:24 PM
Last year against Georgia, the day after the game, the pain for Max Smith was so bad, he couldn't raise his arm.
"No, it doesn't need to have surgery," says Joker. "We'll take a look at it after the season and figure it out. He could have surgery, but he doesn't need to have surgery."
You work so hard to get to this point, then an AC joint in your shoulder messes up your plans. Max wasn't happy with the way he threw the ball in practice on Monday, because he wasn't the same old Max.
"I felt like I threw it pretty well," says Max. "It was painful. Maybe I wasn't able to snap on some balls like I wanted to. I made every throw but, a little bit inaccurate, but I'll be alright."
You can never question the toughness of Max. For most of us, picking up a fork or a spoon with a separated shoulder sounds like it would not be fun. Try whipping your arm and shoulder to throw the ball 40 yards with this kind of problem. And you can't rest it because if it's Saturday there is another game. So after practicing on Monday.
"I was a little bit sore, but it wasn't too bad," says UK's quarterback. "I have a separated shoulder so, it's painful."
Dealing with pain in Max's shoulder is something he's going to have to live with for the rest of the season. Since he didn't practice on Tuesday, Jalen Whitlow took the throws with the first team. It wasn't pretty.
"It was practice," says Joker. "It wasn't gawd-awful. He made some throws."
"It wasn't my best but that's why you practice I guess," says the freshman quarterback from Alabama. "I'm not really struggling with anything, just keep learning the plays and learning the protection plays and things like that."
When Max practices, Joker admits it's a different team because the wide outs know they are getting the ball.
The Max watch continues.