Smith (knee) is almost back to 100 percent health and doesn't expect to have any limitations during the offseason, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.
Smith had arthroscopic surgery Dec. 19 to address a meniscus issue in his left knee and missed the final two weeks of his rookie campaign. He finished the year with 90 carries for 315 yards (3.5 average) and four touchdowns, adding 27 catches for 152 yards on 32 targets (4.8 YPT). While the inefficient stat line doesn't exactly beg for more work, Smith currently projects as Atlanta's No. 2 running back behind Devonta Freeman (groin), who has struggled with injuries the past two years. Tevin Coleman is expected to sign elsewhere during the offseason, but it won't come as much of a surprise if the Falcons add a cheaper veteran or a mid-round pick to fill out their backfield.
Smith (knee) underwent an arthroscopic procedure Wednesday to address meniscus damage, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.
Coach Dan Quinn confirmed Thursday that Smith's surgery went according to plan and added that the 23-year-old should be ready to go for the start of the Falcons' offseason program. Though he only averaged 3.5 yards per carry over 14 appearances in his rookie campaign, Smith showed a nose for the end zone (four touchdowns) and some pass-catching upside (27 receptions on 32 targets for 152 yards). The Falcons will return Devonta Freeman (groin) from injury in 2019 to presumably reclaim the lead role, but Smith should be cemented as the top change-of-pace option with Atlanta not expected to retain soon-to-be-free-agent Tevin Coleman.
Smith is slated for surgery to repair meniscus damage in his left knee, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. As a result, the Falcons will place Smith on injured reserve, per Will McFadden of the team's official site.
Smith dealt with neck and knee injuries in preparation for Sunday's eventual 40-14 win against the Cardinals, aggravating the latter enough that it'll end his season. Fortunately, the diagnosis backed up coach Dan Quinn's assertion that Smith doesn't have an ACL tear, according to Jason Butt of The Athletic. Smith will join Devonta Freeman (groin) on IR, leaving primary backfield duties to Tevin Coleman for the final two games of the season. Beyond Coleman, 2017 fifth-round pick Brian Hill is poised to earn some reps in his stead.
Smith (knee) will be placed on injured reserve, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Smith had 34 yards on nine carries and five yards on two catches in Sunday's 40-14 win over the Cardinals, but in the process he aggravated the same knee that bothered him during practice late last week. Coach Dan Quinn confirmed the injury isn't an ACL tear, though it is serious enough to require surgery, per Jason Butt of The Athletic. Tevin Coleman likely will take on more work over the final two weeks of the season, with Brian Hill now stepping in as the No. 2 running back. Smith actually led the Atlanta backfield in touches over the past three games, holding a 33-29 edge over Coleman.
Prior to his departure in the fourth quarter, Smith handled nine carries for 34 yards and hauled in two of three passes for five yards. With Smith on the sideline yet again, the Falcons will rely on Tevin Coleman to fuel the ground game moving forward.
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