Smith was released by the Buccaneers on Wednesday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Smith is finally healthy again after battling an illness, but now he'll have to look for new employment. The Bucs were injury-riddled on their defensive front, with Robert Ayers (knee) and Noah Spence (shoulder) both missing time. Now that they're healthy, however, Smith isn't needed as added depth.
Smith (illness) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice and is on track to play Sunday against the Giants, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The defensive end looks ready to make his season debut, which was delayed while he's been rehabbing an ACL tear that he suffered in the first game of the 2016 campaign. Although he racked up 39 tackles and 13.5 sacks in his first two full seasons, it's unclear how effective Smith will be right away following the lengthy layoff, so he won't warrant much immediate interest in IDP settings.
Smith (illness) will not play Week 3 against the Vikings, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Smith did not make the trip to Minnesota after being listed as doubtful on Friday's injury report. He was hoping to return this week after missing all of preseason and the final 15 games of 2016 while recovering from a torn ACL.
Smith (illness) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Vikings, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Smith is battling the flu along with defensive tackle Chris Baker, who is also listed as doubtful. Smith has a minimal role on defense and was a healthy scratch for Week 2, but with Baker also unlikely to play the Buccaneers depth on the defensive line could be tested against the Vikings.
|Bye: Week 7|
|9||11/6/17||@ GB||8:30 pm|
|11||11/19/17||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|13||12/3/17||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|14||12/10/17||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|2012||New York Jets||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||17||13.0||4||6.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||22||15.0||7||7||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2012||New York Jets||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||0||0||1||0||1||0||1||0|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||1||1||3||0||3||22||3||1|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|