Inside the Ravens with Aaron Wilson

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Troy Smith returns after another bout with tonsils

Other than being sacked by massive nose guard Terrence "Mount" Cody and having one of his passes rejected by the rookie defensive lineman, it was a good day for backup quarterback Troy Smith.

The former Heisman Trophy winner is feeling much better after having his tonsils removed, returning to practice this week after being sidelined a week ago after the procedure.

"Oh my god, it's tremendous," Smith said. "It's like night and day. That was huge."
Smith was sidelined for five games during the 2008 season because of tonsillitis, an illness that cost him his chance to possibly claim the starting job.

He has had recurrences of the tonsillitis since that year, recently dealing with a case of strep throat that prompted him to have his tonsils taken out.

"I just decided that this was enough," Smith said. "It was tough, but well worth it. Everything is getting back in order. It's still trying times when I bark out signals and use my voice, but we have practice. You show up, you got to work. I'm feeling great."

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