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.
Smith caught two passes on as many targets for 25 yards and a touchdown during Saturday's preseason loss to the Rams.
Smith started alongside fellow tight end Jared Cook, who caught just one pass for 16 yards while playing five more snaps. Primarily used as a blocker, don't expect Smith to out-produce Cook on a regular basis as the latter figures to serve as one of quarterback Derek Carr's top targets behind Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. The Raiders may elect to continue starting both tight ends, but Cook garners much more fantasy relevance than Smith.
Smith (ankle) was active for last Saturday's preseason game against the Cardinals.
Smith, who was plagued by an ankle injury for most of last season, served as one of the team's reserve tight ends Saturday and caught one pass for six yards. He's expected to play behind both Jared Cook and Clive Walford this season in Oakland.
Smith suffered a season-ending ankle injury in Week 4 and was later placed on injured reserve. He is arguably the Raiders' best blocking tight end and provides a boost to the running game when healthy. On the other hand, Smith amassed only six catches in four games before being injured, a sign that he is not a fantasy producer in Oakland's high-powered offense.
Smith was placed on the Reserve/Injured List, the team announced Wednesday.
Smith was placed on reserve while the team signed tight end Ryan O'Malley to the active roster. Smith was the team's best blocking tight end, so his absence is likely to affect the run game more than the passing game. Tight end Clive Walford will continue to see the majority of the team's reps at the position.
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