Smith has been activated from the Browns' reserve/COVID-19 list. Now able to rejoin his teammates in Sunday's wild-card round against the Steelers, Smith will likely return to racking up tackles for the Browns. The veteran linebacker has already posted 72 tackles (49 solo), one sack and one forced fumble this season.
Smith (illness) will be placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list after returning a positive test, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Smith is thereby ruled out for the regular-season finale against the Steelers, which should allow Mack Wilson and Elijah Lee to handle increased snaps. The veteran linebacker will have to clear all requisite COVID-related protocols before being cleared to return.
Smith (hamstring) is active Week 16 against the Jets. Smith has steadily seen action at weakside linebacker throughout the season for Cleveland, and after ramping up his participation in practice this week, he'll ultimately be available to bolster a position group struck by COVID-related absences. Cleveland is listing Tae Davis as the starter in place of B.J. Goodson (COVID), while Mack Wilson is officially getting the nod at Smith's position. Nonetheless, unless Smith was kept active as an emergency option, he should be rotated in somewhat frequently.
Smith (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jets, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports. Smith played 32 defensive snaps for the Browns in Week 15, racking up four tackles (three solo) against the Giants. He missed practice Wednesday with a hamstring injury, but he was a limited participant Thursday and Friday. If he's unable to play Sunday, Elijah Lee could see increased work for Cleveland.
Smith recorded seven tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in Sunday's 41-35 win over the Titans. Smith was part of a gargantuan defensive effort by the Browns in the first half. They held off the surging Titans in the second half, but the defense forced three turnovers and stifled Derrick Henry, the league's leading rusher. The sack was Smith's first of the season and first since 2015.
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