Smith was waived by the Vikings on Saturday.
Smith was promoted from Minnesota's practice squad Oct. 12 and appeared in two games, primarily playing special teams. The 2019 fifth-round pick could rejoin the team's practice squad if he clears waivers.
The Vikings elevated Smith from their practice squad to the 53-man roster Saturday, Craig Peters of the team's official site reports.
Smith was a fifth-round selection in the 2019 draft by Minnesota, but failed to make the roster out of camp and was signed to the team's practice squad. With Ben Gedeon (concussion) and Kentrell Brothers (hamstring) nursing injuries, Smith could get the call for Week 6 to bring some much-needed depth to the linebacking corps.
The Vikings selected Smith in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 162nd overall.
Smith (6-foot-2, 238 pounds) looks like a fine value for the Vikings this late, as the four-year USC starter was quite productive in college and only helped his case at the combine. His 4.69-second 40 doesn't stand out but checks the box, and his 39-inch vertical and 123-inch broad jump are superb marks otherwise. He won't displace Eric Kendricks or Anthony Barr from the lineup, but Smith could push for meaningful snaps early on in his career.
|Bye: Week 12|
|13||12/2/19||@ SEA||8:15 pm|
|15||12/15/19||@ LAC||8:20 pm|