Smith (ankle) returned to practice in a limited capacity Thursday. Smith seemingly injured his ankle in Sunday's wild-card victory over Buffalo and wasn't available to practice Wednesday. While it isn't clear if his status is legitimately in question for Sunday's tilt with Pittsburgh, Smith's level of participation in Friday's session should help clarify things.
The Jaguars are expected to hold Smith out of practice Wednesday due to an ankle injury, Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union reports. There was no indication that Smith sustained an injury during Sunday's wild-card win over the Bills, so it's possible that his absence Wednesday is maintenance-related. In any case, Smith's status heading into this weekend's matchup with the Steelers should be ascertained based on what he's able to do in practices Thursday and Friday. If fellow linebacker Paul Posluszny (abdomen) is held out against Pittsburgh, Smith, who has typically played on the weak side this season, could see most of his reps in the middle of the Jaguars' base defense.
Smith (concussion), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Seahawks, is considered unlikely to play, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Smith was a full participant in practices Wednesday and Thursday before sitting out the entirety of Friday's session, hinting that he may have experienced some kind of setback with the concussion. Clarity on Smith's availability for Week 14 should come one way or another when the Jaguars release their inactive list 90 minutes before Sunday's 4:25 p.m. EST kickoff. If Smith is ruled out for a second straight contest, Blair Brown and Paul Posluszny would pick up added reps at linebacker at his expense.
Smith (concussion) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Seahawks, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official site reports. Smith was a full practice participant Wednesday and Thursday, but the Jags will list him as questionable in case there's any setback with his concussion symptoms. He's on track to clear the protocol and return from a one-game absence, likely pushing Paul Posluszny (groin) back to a part-time role. Smith is averaging 7.5 tackles per game and already has a career-high three interceptions.
Smith (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Colts, Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union reports. Smith didn't practice this week, so he still has a few phases of the concussion protocol to complete before being cleared for game action. The linebacker has 83 tackles (63 solo), one sack, five pass breakups and three interceptions so far this season, so his absence could leave a gaping hole in the Jacksonville defense. Blair Brown is expected to act as Smith's primary replacement on the weak side.