The Browns re-signed Smith to a one-year deal Wednesday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Smith was a solid rotational linebacker for Cleveland last season, finishing second on the team with 72 tackles across 15 contests. The Super Bowl XLVIII MVP remains an exceptional defender in coverage, but his usage doesn't lend itself to high-end fantasy production in IDP formats.
Smith has been activated from the Browns' reserve/COVID-19 list.
Now able to rejoin his teammates in Sunday's wild-card round against the Steelers, Smith will likely return to racking up tackles for the Browns. The veteran linebacker has already posted 72 tackles (49 solo), one sack and one forced fumble this season.
Smith (illness) will be placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list after returning a positive test, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Smith is thereby ruled out for the regular-season finale against the Steelers, which should allow Mack Wilson and Elijah Lee to handle increased snaps. The veteran linebacker will have to clear all requisite COVID-related protocols before being cleared to return.
Smith (hamstring) is active Week 16 against the Jets.
Smith has steadily seen action at weakside linebacker throughout the season for Cleveland, and after ramping up his participation in practice this week, he'll ultimately be available to bolster a position group struck by COVID-related absences. Cleveland is listing Tae Davis as the starter in place of B.J. Goodson (COVID), while Mack Wilson is officially getting the nod at Smith's position. Nonetheless, unless Smith was kept active as an emergency option, he should be rotated in somewhat frequently.
Smith (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jets, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Smith played 32 defensive snaps for the Browns in Week 15, racking up four tackles (three solo) against the Giants. He missed practice Wednesday with a hamstring injury, but he was a limited participant Thursday and Friday. If he's unable to play Sunday, Elijah Lee could see increased work for Cleveland.
Smith recorded seven tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in Sunday's 41-35 win over the Titans.
Smith was part of a gargantuan defensive effort by the Browns in the first half. They held off the surging Titans in the second half, but the defense forced three turnovers and stifled Derrick Henry, the league's leading rusher. The sack was Smith's first of the season and first since 2015.
Smith is expected to start at weak side linebacker for Sunday's game against Washington, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
The 31-year-old saw a huge uptick in Week 2 with 56 snaps, while racking up nine tackles (five solo). Expect a similar workload for Smith with the start, as he's tasked with slowing down a less-than-stellar Washington offense.
Smith signed a contract with the Browns on Sunday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The former Super Bowl MVP found a new landing spot after bouncing between the 49ers, Jaguars and Cowboys last year. The 31-year-old has struggled to stay healthy and has played just 16 games over the last three seasons, but he'll add veteran depth to a linebacker corps that just lost Mack Wilson (knee) long-term.
Smith signed a contract with the Cowboys on Tuesday.
Smith spent a couple games with the Jaguars in the middle of the season but never played a defensive snap with the team. The veteran linebacker provides the Cowboys with some linebacker depth while Leighton Vander Esch (neck) and Joe Thomas (ankle) nurse injuries.
Smith was waived by Jacksonville on Tuesday.
Smith joined the Jaguars on Oct. 22 and did not play a defensive snap in his two games with the team. The veteran linebacker will hope to latch on elsewhere via the waiver wire or free agency.
Smith signed a contract with the Jaguars on Tuesday, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.
Smith was let go by the 49ers toward the end of the preseason after recording only 35 tackles over 12 games in 2018. The 30-year-old will provide some linebacker depth for the Jaguars with Najee Goode recovering from a foot injury and D.J. Alexander (foot) moving to injured reserve.
The 49ers released Smith on Tuesday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Smith saw his performance take a severe dip in 2018 after coming over from the Raiders. The veteran only produced 35 tackles last season, dipping from 103 the season prior. Now that he's a free agent, Smith can sign with another team immediately, and could be an attractive option for a team in need of experience and depth at the linebacker position.
Smith (hamstring) returned to practice Tuesday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Smith missed the 49ers' first preseason contest but he could suit up for their second exhibition game against the Broncos on Monday. The oft-injured linebacker will compete for the starting outside linebacker job with rookie Dre Greenlaw this preseason.
Smith did not practice Tuesday due to hamstring tightness, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
There were no details provided on Smith's injury, so it's unclear how severe the ailment is. Consider Smith day-to-day for now.
Smith hasn't been participating in the 49ers' OTAs this week due to an Achilles' injury, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
It's unclear when Smith picked up the injury, but it's apparently serious enough to hold him out of the early stages of offseason training. The 29-year-old saw action in 12 games for San Francisco last season, recording 35 tackles (22 solo). If healthy for training camp, Smith should be in contention for a starting role at linebacker.
Smith agreed to a restructured contract in order to remain with the 49ers, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.
The specifics of Smith's deal aren't available, but his salary was significantly reduced from the $3.75 million he was initially due. Smith has only played in 12 games over two years with San Francisco, recording 35 tackles (22 solo) and a pass breakup while averaging just 28 defensive snaps per game. He'll likely face competition in camp for the starting job again.
Smith finished with 35 tackles (22 solo) in 12 games this season.
Smith missed the first two games of the season due to a hamstring injury sustained during training camp. Once he returned, he took over the starting Sam position alongside Reuben Foster and opposite Fred Warner. As the season progressed, Foster was released, pushing Warner to the middle and Smith to a more prominent starting weakside linebacker role. The veteran did not perform terribly in his five starts, but with the 49ers well out of contention, the team opted to start the younger Elijah Lee over Smith. Lee thrived in the starting role and appears to be the favorite to start alongside Warner to begin the 2019 season. Smith still has three years left on the five-year, $26.5 million contract he signed in 2017, which is a lot of money to have riding the pine. If the 29-year-old is unable to secure a starting job in the offseason, it wouldn't be surprising to see him either cut or traded.
Smith recorded seven tackles (three solo) in Sunday's 43-16 loss to Seattle.
Smith was the starting weak-side linebacker in place of Reuben Foster (released) for the second consecutive week, but he was on the field for all 58 of the team's defensive snaps after seeing just 36 percent of snaps last week. Injuries have cost the 28-year-old most of his first two seasons with the 49ers, but he could be in for a strong IDP finish if he hangs on to the starting job over the last four games of the year. Smith racked up 225 combined tackles over his last two full seasons with Oakland in 2015 and 2016.
Smith (Achilles) will receive increased playing time following the 49ers' decision to waive Reuben Foster, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.
Smith is listed as the starting weakside linebacker on San Francisco's depth chart in Foster's absence. The eighth-year veteran's increased snap count could lead to an uptick in tackles, so he's worth monitoring in IDP formats.
Smith is expected to start at weak-side linebacker in place of Reuben Foster (hamstring), who will miss his second straight game according to the 49ers' team site.
Smith played 33 snaps in the Week 9 destruction of the Raiders, tallying just two tackles. With the game expected to be a bit more competitive Monday against the Giants, Smith could have some opportunities to rack up more tackles.
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|Thu 09/17||vs CIN||W 35-30||5||4||9||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 09/27||vs WAS||W 34-20||0||1||1||0||1||1||0||0|
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|Sun 10/11||vs IND||W 32-23||5||0||5||0||0||1||0||0|
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|Sun 10/25||@ CIN||W 37-34||4||1||5||0||0||0||0||0|
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