Smith has started all 64 games for Tampa Bay since being drafted during the second round of the 2015 draft, and was a candidate to receive the franchise tag with his rookie deal set to expire. Given the guaranteed money, the 25-year-old should be spending at least the next two years on the Buccaneers offensive line.
Smith (knee) is active for Sunday's season-opening battle against the Saints, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
This is certainly good news for Ryan Fitzpatrick, who'll have his starting left tackle available to open the season. Smith has been dealing with a knee sprain since being helped off the field in an Aug. 21 practice, but his return in a limited capacity earlier this week had hinted at potential active status in Week 1.
Smith has been nursing sprained knee for nearly a month, and it appears his status for Sunday is up in the air. Michael Liedtke would likely get the call to replace him should he ultimately be unable to suit up.
Smith (knee) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Smith continues to nurse a sprained knee sustained three weeks ago. It seems increasingly likely that the 25-year-old will sit out Sunday's season-opener against the Saints, which could leave Ryan Fitzpatrick's blind side vulnerable. Michael Liedtke would be expected to start should Smith miss any time.
Smith will be out 2-to-4 weeks with a sprained knee, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Smith needed help off the field during Tuesday's practice, and it was initially thought that he could sit out for an extended period. This time line could have Smith either returning for Week 1 or sitting out until Week 3. Michael Liedtke will work starter reps in the meantime.
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