The veteran linebacker will miss his second consecutive preseason game Friday as he recovers from an undisclosed ailment. Both Smith and Devante Bond (hamstring) are sitting out Friday, so Josh Keyes figures to see plenty of snaps at strongside backer against Cleveland.
Smith (undisclosed) sat out another practice on Wednesday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
There continues to be no official explanation for the veteran linebacker's absence, which is now at a full week and included last Saturday's preseason contest versus the Jaguars. Smith is presumably not in any danger of missing regular season time, although without any exact details on the injury, it's impossible to determine a timetable for return. At minimum, his chances of playing in Friday's tilt against the Browns appear dim at this stage.
Smith (undisclosed) is not in uniform for Saturday's preseason affair with the Jaguars, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Smith was a late scratch Saturday and it's not clear why as of right now. A high-volume tackler, Smith has been a clear-cut starter in this league for 13 seasons. While it makes sense to speculate that the Buccaneers could be giving Smith the game off to rest, nothing is certain until an official word is given.
The starting strongside linebacker, who has extensive familarity with defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme from their time in Jacksonville in the mid-to-late 2000s, was Johnny-on-the-Spot on his pick, diving to snare the ball after it deflected off the hands of wideout Vincent Jackson. Smith has built an impressive resume as a tackling machine throughout his career, but has also shown a nose for the ball. The 34-year-old has 11 career picks to his credit, with three of those coming in each of his first three campaigns under Mike Smith's tutelage with the Jaguars.
The 13-year veteran, who topped 120 tackles in each of his last three seasons with the Ravens, is reunited with Smith in Tampa after having played under his tutelage for four seasons during the latter's defensive coordinator tenure in Jacksonville in the mid-to-late 2000s. Smith's familiarity and past success in the scheme provides considerable reason for optimism, but his new teammates have him excited for the coming season as well. "We've got a young roster that can play," he said. "We've got talent that nobody really might not know it just yet, but hopefully we'll prove that." The 34-year-old is particularly looking forward to playing alongside Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander in the linebacker corps in a defensive scheme he feels will be an ideal fit for their respectives skill sets. "They're both young," he said. "Lavonte's been around a few years, All-Pro, knows what he's doing. Kwon is young, but knowledgeable about the game and so eager to learn. Already they're asking so many questions. It's a defense they'll thrive in."
|5||10/10/16||@ CAR||8:30 pm|
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|15||12/18/16||@ DAL||1:00 pm|
|16||12/24/16||@ NO||1:00 pm|
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