Smith was released Friday by the Steelers, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Smith was signed in late January after spending much of last season on the team's practice squad, but has now been released due to the fact that the Steelers have to cut their roster down to 90 players. He'll look for an opportunity with another team where he can provide depth at the running back position, but Smith is unlikely to play a formidable role in 2017.
Smith signed a reserve/future contract with the Steelers on Tuesday, Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune reports.
Smith spent much of the season on the Steelers' practice squad after being waived with an injury designation from the Chargers in September. He'll look to land a spot at the bottom of Pittsburgh's running back depth chart in 2017.
Smith (undisclosed) was released from the Chargers' injured reserve list after reaching an injury settlement with the team Thursday.
The specifics of his injury remain unclear. When healthy, Smith is now able to sign elsewhere.
Smith went down during San Diego's third preseason game Sunday against the Vikings, but was able to walk off the field under his own power. Fellow RB Branden Oliver (Achilles) was also lost for the season that day, granting Kenneth Farrow a legitimate opportunity to claim the Chargers' No. 3 RB job.
Smith briefly had a good shot to make the final roster after Brandon Oliver suffered a torn Achilles in Sunday's preseason game against Minnesota. In a stroke of poor luck, Smith suffered an undisclosed injury shortly thereafter, leading the Chargers to waive him Tuesday with an injury designation. Gus Johnson and undrafted rookie Kenneth Farrow are the team's only healthy running backs behind Melvin Gordon and Danny Woodhead.
|P1||8/11/17||@ NYG||7:00 pm|
|P4||8/31/17||@ CAR||7:30 pm|
|1||9/10/17||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|3||9/24/17||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|4||10/1/17||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|6||10/15/17||@ KC||4:25 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ DET||8:30 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|10||11/12/17||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|13||12/4/17||@ CIN||8:30 pm|
|16||12/25/17||@ HOU||4:30 pm|