Smith recorded 13 tackles (eight solo) in Sunday's loss to Kansas City. Smith's 13 tackles were his best of the season by a sizable margin. He's racked up 39 tackles through five weeks, putting him on pace with his previous seasons' average of 115 tackles. He and the Jaguars will look to bounce back with a win against the Cowboys in Week 6.
Smith had eight tackles (seven solo) in Sunday's 31-20 win over the Patriots. Smith played all 61 defensive snaps as the Jaguars held Tom Brady and the Patriots to 302 yards of offense. The 27-year-old now has 15 tackles (12 solo) through two weeks and has a good matchup against the run-heavy Titans in Week 3.
Smith finished Week 1 Sunday against the Giants with seven tackles (five solo). Sunday's effort was a solid start for Smith, who has reached triple-digit tackles every year he's been in the league. He remains a viable IDP option at outside linebacker for a Jaguars defense that ranks among the best in the league and could have his work cut out for him next week against the Patriots and Tom Brady, who loves to utilize his tight ends and running backs in the passing game.
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.