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Andre Smith breaks same foot, 'possibly' headed for surgery

By M.Bowman / Staff Contributor and Wire Reports

Complicating the physical concerns are the financial issues. The Bengals have to decide this offseason if they want to exercise a $5 million option in his deal that would make it a six-year contract or decline it and keep it at four years.

CINCINNATI, OH — In his second season, right tackle Andre Smith has broken his left foot for the second time and indications are he could be headed to season-ending surgery as soon as next week.

But on Thursday, Jim Gould, who represents Smith along with Alvin Keels, said no decision on surgery has been made.

“It’s early in the process,” Gould said. “It’s a possibility. We all have to talk. Alvin, the family, the doctors, and see what is the best course of action.”

On Wednesday during a pass protection set, Smith suffered a stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal, the bone on the outside of the foot and next to the fourth metatarsal that he broke last season and had surgically repaired in January.

No matter what, it looks like his season is done. The procedure would shelve him for six to eight months. Head coach Marvin Lewis pronounced Smith out for Sunday’s game with Dennis Roland getting the start. Even when he broke his foot 12 days before the opener on Sept. 1 and didn’t have the surgery, Smith didn’t return to practice until eight weeks later.

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