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Smith placed on IR and faces long rehab process that includes some microfracture surgery

The New York Giants officially placed wide receiver Steve Smith on the season-ending injured reserve and the wide receiver faces a long rehab process that will include some microfracture surgery.

Smith is scheduled to undergo surgery on his articular cartilage injury to his left knee on Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

According to somebody familiar with Smith’s injury, the injury is to a non-weight bearing area of Smith’s knee and the damaged area is the "posterior lateral femoral condyle." Smith will require a complex procedure to repair the surgery including mosaicplasty and some microfracture surgery.

According to the person familiar with the injury, Smith’s prognosis is “good” although the rehab process will be long. Smith is expected to be on crutches for six weeks before he can begin his rehab.

The team promoted tight end Jake Ballard off the practice squad to the roster and signed safety Ben Hannula to the practice squad.

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During the early portion of practice which the media is allowed to watch, linebacker Michael Boley appeared to be the only Giant to not practice.

The entire offensive line is nearing full health as G Chris Snee (hip) returned after sitting out yesterday’s jog-thru.

Center Shaun O’Hara and tackle Shawn Andrews were on the field as well. It appears as if O'Hara has a good chance to play this week if he does not suffer any setbacks with his foot. Andrews (back) remains to be seen.

Wide receiver Mario Manningham also was participating in the early portion of practice. Manningham has said he will play this week.