Smith (back) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game versus the Bengals, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports. Smith was a limited participant in the final two practices this week but the issues won't affect his game status. The eighth-year pro works mainly in a run-blocking role as Jared Cook takes over as the pass catcher.
Smith was limited during Thursday's practice due to a back injury. Smith was a new addition to the Raiders' injury report Thursday after practicing in full Wednesday, though his back issue doesn't appear to be too severe. If he's unable to go Sunday against the Bengals, however, Derek Carrier could see additional reps behind starting tight end Jared Cook.
Smith caught his lone target for a three-yard touchdown in Sunday's 24-21 win over the Steelers. Smith's second score in as many weeks put the Raiders ahead of the Steelers with just over five minutes to play during Sunday's tilt. Fellow tight end Jared Cook exploded for over 100 yards receiving again, but both Smith and Derek Carrier were able to vulture touchdown receptions. Smith's streak of finding the end zone may very well come to an end in Week 15 against the Bengals, but he should continue to provide the Raiders with real-life value as a blocker.
Smith caught a one-yard touchdown pass on his lone target during Sunday's 40-33 loss to the Chiefs. The Chiefs left Smith wide open in the end zone after the Raiders lined up in goal-line formation on the one-yard line during their fourth-quarter comeback attempt. Smith, who is primarily used as a blocking tight end behind starter Jared Cook, secured his first score since 2015. He's now caught at least one pass in three straight games, but shouldn't foster attention from a fantasy perspective while Cook is healthy.
Smith was on the field for 22 offensive snaps in Sunday's 20-19 loss to the Broncos, but he remains without a single target through the first two weeks of the regular season. Smith continues to fill in as a blocker behind starting tight end Jared Cook, as the former has yet to see a single target from Derek Carr. Fellow backup TE Derek Carrier has recorded three receptions for 25 yards on four targets in two games.
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