Lee re-signed with the Raiders on a three-year contract Wednesday, Matt Schneidman of the Mercury News reports.
Just a day after Oakland signed fellow tight end Derek Carrier, the team brings back it's top blocking tight end from a season ago in Lee. Carrier also projects as a blocking specialist, so Jared Cook remains the Raiders' most legitimate receiving threat from the position.
Smith caught two passes on three targets for 16 yards in Monday's 19-10 loss to the Eagles.
Smith notched a season high with 44 snaps in Week 16 after fellow tight end Jared Cook had been limited earlier in the week by a wrist injury. Smith, who is used primarily as a blocker, could see additional targets in Week 17 as well if Cook were to suffer any sort of setback. Smith's ceiling remains severely limited, however, with him having caught just eight passes for 76 yards on 11 targets in 15 games this season.
Smith (knee) was a full practice participant Friday and won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Bills.
Smith started the week with a pair of limited practices, but his full participation Friday allowed him to avoid the questionable tag. The 29-year-old should retain his role as the Raiders' secondary tight end against the Bills.
Smith (knee) was able to participate at Thursday's practice in a limited role.
Smith was a non-participate Wednesday, so he is seemingly moving in the right direction. Clive Alford could potentially see some work in two-tight end sets opposite Jared Cook should Smith be unable to go for Week 6.
Smith missed his third consecutive practice due to an undisclosed reason on Thursday, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
The reason for Smith's absence in practice throughout the week is unclear, while there's also no indication regarding the severity of the issue. It appears unlikely he'll be able to play in Saturday's preseason matchup against the Cowboys, which would increase the roles of Clive Walford and Gabe Holmes behind starter Jared Cook.