The Jaguars placed Smith (personal) on their reserve/retired list Wednesday, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports.
Smith announced in May that he won't play football in 2019, instead taking some time away from the game to focus on his health and personal life. He still has the option to return at any time, but there hasn't been any suggestion he'll change his mind. Jake Ryan (knee) and Quincy Williams are the top candidates to replace Smith atop the depth chart at weak-side linebacker.
Smith announced Thursday via Instagram that he won't be playing football in 2019.
Smith has been away from the team all offseason and it appears his absence will continue as he tends to personal issues. The 28-year-old was scheduled to make $9.75 million in 2019 with $5 million already have been guaranteed March 17. It's not clear if he'll have to give any of that back. Regardless, Smith is leaving behind a Jaguars linebacking corps that had little depth behind him.
General manager Dave Caldwell said, "We'll see. I don't want to get into hypotheticals," regarding Smith's status with the Jaguars for 2019, Phillip Heilman of The Florida Times-Union reports.
Smith was not present at Jacksonville's voluntary offseason workouts, which began in mid-April, but the noteworthy aspect of this situation is that the team remains in the dark about his actual status and whereabouts, according to Daniel Popper of The Athletic. The cause of the issue -- assuming there is one -- isn't fully clear, but Caldwell's statement is hardly a ringing endorsement of Smith's future with the team. Per Popper, executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin shot down reports that the linebacker was available via trade. Regardless, the situation should receive some additional clarity relatively soon with mandatory minicamp set to begin June 11.
Smith is not with the Jaguars for the beginning of their voluntary offseason workouts, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
Smith and Jalen Ramsey are the only two members of the team absent for the start of the offseason program. The 28-year-old is signed through 2021 and has $30 million remaining on the contract after signing an extension in late 2017, so it's unlikely to be any sort of holdout situation. Smith figures to report by June 11 for the start of mandatory minicamp.
Smith had 10 tackles (eight solo) in Sunday's loss to the Texans and finished 2018 with 134 tackles, two interceptions, one sack, a forced fumble and one touchdown.
Smith was a consistent producer, as he totaled less than six tackles only once and was in double-digits in six games. The 27-year-old has now led the Jaguars in tackles each of the last three years and has eclipsed 100 combined tackles in all five of his professional seasons. The 2014 fifth-round pick is signed with Jacksonville through 2021 and should be a solid IDP option once again next season.
Smith recorded six tackles (five solo), one pass defended and one interception, which he returned for a touchdown during Sunday's 17-7 win over the Dolphins.
Smith cut the Dolphins' fourth quarter comeback attempt (and playoff hopes) dreadfully short, intercepting quarterback Ryan Tannehill's 33-yard pass attempt for a pick six. The fifth-round linebacker has proven to be a solid IDP play all season, and is on track to close out the year strong.
Smith had 10 tackles (five solo) in Thursday's 30-9 loss at Tennessee.
Smith posted double-digit tackles for the third straight game, but the Jaguars defense was eviscerated on the ground by Derrick Henry, allowing 238 yards on 17 carries. The 27-year-old has a good matchup against the Redskins in Week 15, as the team should be run-heavy with Mark Sanchez likely the starter at quarterback.
Smith had 12 tackles (nine solo) and a forced fumble in Sunday's win over the Colts.
Smith forced the fumble midway through the second quarter, which helped lead to one of the Jaguars' two field goals, which was their only scoring of the afternoon. Jacksonville's defense took up its 2017 form Sunday with three sacks and two takeaways, as the 27-year-old continues to lead the group with 101 tackles (75 solo) through 12 games. Another divisional matchup against the Titans awaits Thursday.
Smith recored nine tackles (seven solo) in Sunday's win over the Bills.
Smith has a team-leading 88 tackles through 11 games this season, putting him well on his way to 100 tackles for the fifth straight season. He'll look to continue his strong play in Week 13 when the Jaguars take on the Colts.
Smith had eight tackles (six solo) and recorded his first interception of the season in Sunday's loss to the Colts.
Smith continues to pace the defense in tackles, and Sunday's interception was really the lone standout play for the Jaguars, as they registered only three tackles for a loss and no sacks Sunday. Things won't get any easier in Week 11 as the Steelers come to town fresh off a 52-point explosion against the Panthers.
Smith (shoulder) is active Sunday against the Colts.
Smith just saw the practice field on a limited basis this week, but the Jags leading tackler and elite IDP option will be healthy enough to suit up for the Week 10 divisional matchup.
Smith (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Colts, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.
Smith was added to the injury report as a limited participant Thursday and was limited at Friday's practice as well. The fact the 27-year-old was still able to practice makes him seem on track to play Sunday, and the Jaguars can ill afford to be without their leading tackler in this vital divisional matchup.
Smith (shoulder) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.
Smith was not listed on Jacksonville's injury report to begin the week, so it appears that he may have suffered the shoulder injury during practice. Until more information about Smith's availability is disclosed, he should be considered questionable for Sunday's game against the Colts. If Smith were to miss any time, Blair Brown would be expected to slot into the starting lineup.
Smith had eight tackles (six solo) and a fumble recovery in Sunday's loss to the Eagles in London.
Smith briefly exited Sunday's game with a shoulder injury, but that didn't prevent him from leading the Jaguars in tackles. At the midpoint of the season the 27-year-old has 65 tackles (49 solo) and a sack, putting him on pace for more than 100 tackles, which he has achieved in each of his first four seasons in the league. Jacksonville enters their much-needed Week 9 bye on a four-game losing streak.
Smith (shoulder) returned to Sunday's game versus the Jaguars, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
Smith didn't miss much time while recovering from a shoulder injury that required assistance to get him off the field. The fifth-year pro is a centerpiece of the Jaguars' defense with 57 tackles and one sack in the first seven games.
Smith is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Eagles due to a shoulder injury, Tad Dickman reports.
An integral part of the middle of the Jags defense, Smith needed assistance to get the sideline, where the nature of the injury was honed in on. Entering Week 8 with 57 tackles (tied for 11th in the NFL), he'll leave London with just three more if he's unable to reenter the game.
Smith had 10 tackles (six solo) in Sunday's 40-7 loss to the Cowboys.
The Jaguars gave up 206 yards rushing to Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys, providing plenty of opportunities for Smith in the middle of the defense. The 27-year-old leads the team with 49 tackles (36 solo) and a sack through the first six games of the season.
Smith recorded 13 tackles (eight solo) in Sunday's loss to Kansas City.
Smith's 13 tackles were his best of the season by a sizable margin. He's racked up 39 tackles through five weeks, putting him on pace with his previous seasons' average of 115 tackles. He and the Jaguars will look to bounce back with a win against the Cowboys in Week 6.
Smith posted eight tackles (all solo), including a sack in Sunday's loss to Tennessee.
Despite the loss, Smith and the Jaguars' defense played well Sunday, holding the Titans to just nine points. Smith has never been prolific with sack numbers, recording just one sack per year the last two seasons. Getting the first sack of the year in Week 3 could be a sign he'll improve upon past performances in 2018.
Smith had eight tackles (seven solo) in Sunday's 31-20 win over the Patriots.
Smith played all 61 defensive snaps as the Jaguars held Tom Brady and the Patriots to 302 yards of offense. The 27-year-old now has 15 tackles (12 solo) through two weeks and has a good matchup against the run-heavy Titans in Week 3.