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December 4, 2020 01:16 AM
Wendell Smallwood: Back to practice squad
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smallwood reverted to Pittsburgh's practice squad Thursday, per the league's official transactions report.

Smallwood was promoted for Wednesday's win over the Ravens as a reserve option, but he ultimately played just two snaps on special teams while Benny Snell and Anthony McFarland led Pittsburgh's backfield. It could require both James Conner (reserve/COVID-19 list) and Jaylen Samuels (quadriceps) missing more time for Smallwood to come off the practice squad again Week 13.

December 3, 2020 12:00 PM
Steelers' Wendell Smallwood: No role in Week 12
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smallwood played two snaps -- both on special teams -- Wednesday in the Steelers' 19-14 win over the Ravens.

With running backs James Conner (reserve/COVID-19 list) and Jaylen Samuels (quadriceps) sitting out the Week 12 contest, Smallwood was elevated from the practice squad to provide depth behind Benny Snell and Anthony McFarland. Pittsburgh should have one or both of Conner and Samuels back for their Week 13 game Monday versus Washington, so Smallwood will presumably revert to the practice squad in the coming days.

December 2, 2020 03:28 PM
Steelers' Wendell Smallwood: Added to Pittsburgh's roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Steelers elevated Smallwood from their practice squad ahead of Wednesday's game against the Ravens, Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

With James Conner (reserve/COVID-19 list) and Jaylen Samuels (quadriceps) unavailable for the contest, Smallwood is in line to serve as the Steelers' No. 3 running back Wednesday behind Benny Snell and Anthony McFarland. Provided Snell and McFarland aren't forced to exit the contest early, Smallwood will likely see most of his work on special teams.

September 7, 2020 10:44 PM
Wendell Smallwood: Lands on practice squad
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Steelers signed Smallwood to the practice squad Monday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Smallwood was released Saturday but will stick around on the practice squad. The 2016 fifth-round pick contributes best as a pass-catcher, and he'd be a strong addition to the active roster if starter James Conner suffered another injury.

September 7, 2020 10:44 PM
Wendell Smallwood: Let go by Pittsburgh
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smallwood was cut by the Steelers on Saturday, Sean Gentille of The Athletic reports.

Smallwood dealt with a shoulder injury that kept him sidelined for the later stages of camp, so the injury could have something to do with his release. In his stead, the Steelers elected to keep James Conner, Benny Snell, Jaylen Samuels and Anthony McFarland (concussion). Smallwood could be an intriguing depth option elsewhere should injury or illness occur, as the 26-year-old rushed for 87 yards on 22 carries across 15 games for Washington last season.

August 24, 2020 07:40 PM
Steelers' Wendell Smallwood: Remains absent from practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smallwood (shoulder) remained sidelined at Monday's practice, Dale Lolley of reports.

Smallwood injured his shoulder at Saturday's practice. The severity of the issue remains unclear, but he isn't healthy enough to practice at this point. A quick return would be advantageous for his chances at locking down a role on the team's final roster.

August 22, 2020 08:20 PM
Steelers' Wendell Smallwood: Injures shoulder in practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smallwood injured his shoulder in Saturday's practice, per coach Mike Tomlin, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Smallwood was enjoying a few extra reps with James Conner (undisclosed) sidelined, but the former Eagles draft pick got banged up in the process. He'll need to recover quickly and impress in camp in order to lock down a roster spot.

July 29, 2020 10:04 AM
Steelers' Wendell Smallwood: Joins Steelers' backfield
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Steelers have signed Smallwood to a one-year contract, Dale Lolley of reports.

Smallwood saw limited action with Washington in 2019, but he adds some depth to Pittsburgh's backfield. The 26-year-old, who came into the NFL in 2016 as a fifth-round draft pick of the Eagles, will look to carve out a third-down/kick return role with the Steelers, who also roster fellow running backs James Conner, Jaylen Samuels, Benny Snell, Anthony McFarland and Kerrith Whyte.

December 31, 2019 10:44 AM
Redskins' Wendell Smallwood: Barely plays on offense
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smallwood took three carries for five yards in Sunday's 47-16 loss to Dallas, finishing the 2019 season with 22 carries for 81 yards and nine catches for 64 yards in 15 games.

Smallwood handled passing-down work while Chris Thompson dealt with a toe injury throughout much of October and November, but the 25-year-old ultimately played more snaps on special teams (221) than he did on offense (135). Thompson and Smallwood both are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents, while Derrius Guice (knee), Adrian Peterson and Bryce Love (knee) remain under contract with Washington.

December 16, 2019 03:56 PM
Redskins' Wendell Smallwood: No offensive work vs. former team
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smallwood didn't log an offensive snap in Sunday's 37-27 loss to the Eagles.

Smallwood contributed on special teams, but Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson garnered all the offensive duties. Over 13 games this year, Smallwood has rushed 19 times for 76 yards and caught nine passes for 64 yards.

December 10, 2019 12:16 PM
Redskins' Wendell Smallwood: Minimal action in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smallwood carried twice for four yards during Sunday's 20-15 loss to the Packers.

Derrius Guice went down with a knee injury during the first half, but Smallwood still only ended up playing two offensive snaps. Guice was already ruled out Week 15 and could be sidelined longer, which could allow Smallwood to be worked into the offense. However, opportunities figure to be scarce if Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson remain healthy.

December 1, 2019 11:48 AM
Redskins' Wendell Smallwood: Not suiting up Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smallwood (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game in Carolina.

The Redskins are welcoming back pass-catching back Chris Thompson for the first time since Week 6, and with Derrius Guice available to the backfield, the Redskins have made Smallwood a healthy scratch. Without an injury to Thompson, Guice or Adrian Peterson, this may be Smallwood's reality for the foreseeable future.

November 24, 2019 11:20 PM
Redskins' Wendell Smallwood: Barely plays
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smallwood didn't have any carries and caught his lone target for a three-yard gain in Sunday's 19-16 win over the Lions.

Smallwood worked behind Derrius Guice and Adrian Peterson, while Chris Thompson (toe) missed another game. Smallwood could be a healthy scratch if Thompson makes it back for Week 13 at Carolina.

November 17, 2019 09:52 PM
Redskins' Wendell Smallwood: Quiet in Guice's first game back
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smallwood caught one of three targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 34-17 loss to the Jets.

Smallwood got some work on passing downs, but it was Adrian Peterson and Derrius Guice who handled all of the backfield carries. Smallwood may drop out of the offense entirely before the end of the season, especially if Chris Thompson (toe) ever gets healthy. Next up for Washington is a Week 12 matchup with the Lions.

November 4, 2019 03:04 PM
Redskins' Wendell Smallwood: Quiet Week 9 outing against Bills
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smallwood logged five rushing yards on two carries and hauled in two of his three targets for minus-2 receiving yards during Sunday's 24-9 loss to Buffalo.

Adrian Peterson dominated the workload, garnering 90 percent of the running back carries in Dwayne Haskins' NFL starting debut and leaving Smallwood with limited opportunities against a solid Bills defense. Smallwood remains second in Washington's running back rotation for the time being, though Chris Thompson (toe) and Derrius Guice (knee) each have a chance of being reactivated by the time Washington takes the field again Nov. 17 against the Jets.

October 30, 2019 09:12 AM
Redskins' Wendell Smallwood: Gains 20 yards in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smallwood ran for nine yards on two carries and added an 11-yard reception during Thursday's 19-9 loss to Minnesota.

Even with Chris Thompson (toe) out of commission, Smallwood was unable to build on Week 7's 41-yard outing. On the season, Smallwood has been pretty efficient in limited touches with 4.5 yards per carry and 10.4 yards per catch, but in Week 9 he runs up against both Buffalo's third-ranked defense, and the possibility that Thompson will return to action.

October 24, 2019 10:00 AM
Redskins' Wendell Smallwood: Opportunity knocks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smallwood will serve as Washington's primary backup running back Week 8 with Chris Thompson (toe) ruled out, Zach Selby of the team's official site reports.

Interim coach Bill Callahan said Monday that Smallwood "played really well" versus the 49ers in Week 7, and he praised the 2016 fifth-round pick's performance in the passing game. Smallwood accumulated a team-high 41 scrimmage yards during the loss. With Adrian Peterson (ankle) listed as questionable for Thursday's contest against the Vikings, Smallwood could be called upon to slot into the starting role rather than serving as only a change-of-pace complement.

October 20, 2019 05:24 PM
Redskins' Wendell Smallwood: Minimal role in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smallwood carried the ball five times for 23 yards and caught his only target for 18 yards in Sunday's 9-0 loss to the 49ers.

The 41 scrimmage yards were actually the second-highest total of any Washington player on the afternoon, as offense was at a premium in a steady downpour and on a muddy field. Smallwood's role going forward will largely depend on the health of Chris Thompson (toe), but if he does provide a pass-catching complement to Adrian Peterson again in Week 8, expect a little more volume for Smallwood in better conditions.

October 18, 2019 05:40 PM
Redskins' Wendell Smallwood: Should have passing-down role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell said Friday that he has confidence in Smallwood's ability to fill the injured Chris Thompson's (toe) usual duties on passing downs Week 7 against the 49ers, Kyle Stackpole of the Redskins' official site reports.

The oft-injured Thompson will miss his first game of the season Sunday, opening the door for Smallwood to see an enhanced role on offense after the bulk of his snaps came on special teams in the first six weeks. Though Smallwood will likely struggle to match the 4.5 catches per game and 10.2 yards per reception Thompson has delivered to date, the former still represents a much better option in the passing game than the only other healthy back on the roster, Adrian Peterson. Washington may still promote Craig Reynolds from the practice squad ahead of Sunday's game, but his lack of prior NFL experience is probably enough to keep him behind Smallwood in the backfield hierarchy.

October 15, 2019 11:32 PM
Redskins' Wendell Smallwood: Garners one carry
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smallwood gained four yards on his lone carry of Sunday's 17-16 win over the Dolphins.

Coming off a six-touch game in Week 5, Smallwood was mostly an afterthought Sunday as Adrian Peterson rumbled for a season-best game. The good news for Smallwood is that he may be in line for an uptick in touches should Chris Thompson (toe) miss Sunday's contest. The bad news is that that game is against the 49ers, the sixth-best run defense in the league surrendering just 87.2 yards per game.

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