Smith signed with the Bengals on Thursday.
Smith was present for the Bengals' practice Thursday, but officially signed a deal the same day. The Alabama product was cut by the Cardinals on Monday, but could start right away for the Bengals in Week 13 with Jake Fisher (back) placed on injured reserve and Cordy Glenn dealing with a back injury.
Smith is present at Bengals practice Thursday, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.
Smith was cut by the Cardinals on Monday. Though the Bengals have yet to make an official announcement, it appears that Smith has already signed a contract with the team. The 31-year-old was originally drafted by the Bengals in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft, and could realistically draw the start at left tackle Week 13 with Jake Fisher (back) and Cordy Glenn (back) both nursing injuries.
Smith was released by the Cardinals on Monday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.
Smith signed a two-year contract with the Cardinals during the offseason, but he's now been released before concluding a full season with the team. The veteran tackle started seven games in Arizona this season, during which time he struggled to consistently protect rookie quarterback Josh Rosen. Rookie tackle Korey Cunningham is expected to replace Smith in the starting lineup.
Smith (hamstring) is officially active for Sunday's game at Minnesota.
Smith sustained the injury last week but is good to suit up Sunday. Mike Iupati (shoulder) is also active, keeping Smith in a reserve role.
Smith entered the Week 5 game in replacement of Mike Iupati (shoulder), who has managed to return to the field. If Smith is unable to return to action Sunday, expect an update on the reserve lineman's health after the game.
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