There's a BIG difference between activating someone for practice and that person being ready to play in a game. Because of the way the Bills handled McGahee, we can't know when he would have actually been ready to suit up; they chose to keep him on the roster so that he could continue to rehab, but I would suggest that he wasn't ready to play, probably wasn't close, and wouldn't have been able to play even if they weren't being extra cautious with him. That's complete speculation on my part, but I don't think his 10+ months from injury to activation was the same as Gurley's 10+ months.
I still think even 10 months is ambitious for Smith. It could happen, I just wouldn't count on it. I think 8 months is way ridiculous.
yah this is exactly the reason i was not thrilled about Irsay bringing back Pags and Grigs together because clearly they have had there differences in the past and dont always see eye to eye, and this could be a lingering issue. It does seem like Irsay has implemented some new standards and im sure there are some rules that have been established between the two of them that we didnt hear about. Im hoping with these new contracts is kind of like a clean slate for both parties and they develop some cohesiveness and bring home a couple superbowls because not many teams have the luxury of being set at QB.
Let's look at Todd Gurley. He was hurt Nov 15, 2014 and made the field Sept. 27, 2015. 316 days, no reported setbacks. If Jaylon makes it back about the same recovery time frame from his injury, he will hit the field November 20, 2016. 319 days. Week 11 in 2016 schedule. McGahee was activated week 10 in 2003. They just didn't suit him up and risk bringing him along too quick. They kept him active in practice, no games. My point is if one claims someones injury was a lot worse, they need to back it with supporting evidence. My research tends to refute that claim.
But we don't know if Smith can rehab quicker, slower, or the same as Gurley. It is unknown. And Gurley had a clean ACL only injury, which some people would says was less serious than Jaylon Smith's injury. It's a risk for certain.