The rookie defensive back was able to log practice time this week but will sit out Sunday. His fantasy impact would have largely been limited to kickoff returns, a role that Adam Humphries is expected to fulfill in Week 1.
Smith (hand) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Atlanta.
A fourth-round rookie, Smith logged full practices throughout the week, suggesting he isn't actually in much danger of missing Sunday's game. He probably won't have much of a role on defense, but he is expected to return kickoffs.
Smith logged six tackles (four solo) and logged one kickoff return for 25 yards in Wednesday's 20-13 preseason loss to the Redskins.
The rookie safety had left the previous contest versus the Browns with a hand injury, but was unencumbered against the Redskins and once again made a bid for a roster spot by contributing on both defense and special teams. Smith's fourth-round draft status and 4.47 speed has earned him an extended look in training camp and preseason and Wednesday's production may have clinched him a spot on the final roster. Smith brings kickoff return experience from his days at North Carolina Central, having totaled 394 yards, including a 95-yard touchdown, over 14 college kickoff returns.
|P4||8/31/17||@ HOU||8:00 pm|
|2||9/17/17||@ DEN||4:25 pm|
|3||9/25/17||@ ARI||8:30 pm|
|Bye: Week 6|
|7||10/22/17||@ SF||4:05 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ WAS||4:25 pm|
|10||11/12/17||@ ATL||4:25 pm|
|14||12/10/17||@ NYG||4:25 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ OAK||8:30 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ PHI||1:00 pm|