Jonnu Smith's return from a knee sprain will involve him fighting for playing time in training camp. Given a chance to break out last year following Delanie Walker's season-ending ankle injury, Smith accounted for three touchdowns in 12 games, failing to register 50 yards or more in all but one outing. Walker's expected to return, pushing Smith into a smaller role. Fantasy managers shouldn't have much interest in drafting or rostering him.
Smith (knee) was seen running after practice Wednesday, Turron Davenport of ESPN.com reports. Smith is on the mend from a sprained MCL and it doesn't sound like he's been very involved in the Titans' offseason program. While Thursday marks the last day of OTAs, Smith will have a chance to participate in drills during mandatory minicamp June 11-13. Even if he doesn't, the third-year pro at least seems to be trending in the right direction in advance of training camp.
Smith (knee) didn't practice Tuesday at the start of OTAs, Erik Bacharach of The Nashville Tennessean reports. Smith was placed on injured reserve after suffering an MCL sprain Week 14 of last season. He may be dealing with an injury more severe than what was initially reported, as the typical recovery timeline for an MCL sprain would have seen him return to health before the start of the Titans' offseason program. Meanwhile, fellow tight end Delanie Walker (ankle) went through individual drills Tuesday and said afterward that he's back to about 85 percent strength. Smith likely will have to settle for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart once he's healthy.
Smith (knee) is still recovering from an MCL sprain and didn't participate in a recent throwing session with teammates, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official website reports. Marcus Mariota (neck) organized the sessions with wide receivers Corey Davis, Tajae Sharpe, Taywan Taylor, Darius Jennings and Cameron Batson, as well as reserve tight end MyCole Pruitt. The Titans' top options at tight end are both working their way back from season-ending injuries, with Smith coming off an MCL sprain and Delanie Walker rehabbing a broken ankle. It isn't clear if Walker will be available for offseason practices, but the Titans seemingly expect him to retain the starting job in his age-35 season. There's potential for Smith to gain a degree of fantasy relevance if Walker doesn't look like his old self or suffers another injury.
The Titans placed Smith (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday, Jim Wyatt of the team's official site reports. Smith suffered a season-ending MCL injury in the Week 14 win over the Jaguars, but coach Mike Vrabel had maintained optimism as recently as Monday that the tight end could avoid such a fate. The Titans' decision to move Smith to IR a day later implies follow-up scans weren't as promising as the team had hoped. Smith should be ready to go for the start of the 2019 campaign, but a Tennessee squad already short on quality pass-catching options will now find itself down another key body for the final three contests of this season. Anthony Firkser and Luke Stocker are expected to handle most of the reps at tight end the rest of the way, with the former likely to see the greater involvement of the two in the passing game.
Coach Mike Vrabel said he's still waiting to find out if Smith (knee) has a shot to return this season, Erik Bacharach of The Tennessean reports. Smith's MCL injury was previously reported as the season-ending variety, but the Titans apparently still have some hope he can return, even if it's only for Week 17 or a possible playoff run. The team will rely on Anthony Firkser as its top pass-catching tight end Week 15 against the Giants.
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|7||10/20||Los Angeles Chargers||10||5.67|
|8||10/27||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||22||7.88|
|10||11/10||Kansas City Chiefs||31||9.56|
|16||12/22||New Orleans Saints||14||6.22|
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