I have seen nothing that extreme (not even in today's lengthy WaPo piece), and while they may have sources, the 'loss of use' thing sounds like sensationalism and/or pure speculation.

Posted By: EUte
Date: Thursday 6 December 2018, at 06:31 pm
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Post-op infections are very common with this type of injury. All the best wishes in the world for a speedy recovery for Alex. I concur with what Vernon Davis had to say:

Tight end Vernon Davis, who also played with Smith on the San Francisco 49ers, said that he wasn’t worried about Smith’s long-term outlook, adding, “Alex is the most resilient man I’ve ever met.”

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