Smith suffered a torn ACL in Sunday's game against the Bengals and will undergo surgery for the injury, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.
The Chiefs placed Smith on injured reserve Monday, preceding the announcement of his ACL tear. With his 2018 season now at its end, Smith is slated to undergo a procedure before firing up the rehabilitation process with the hopes of retaking the field in 2019. He's on just a one-year contract with the Chiefs, however, so there is no guarantee the third-year linebacker will be in Kansas City next season.
Smith suffered a knee injury in Week 7 against the Bengals, and now heads to IR for a minimum of eight weeks. The 25-year-old linebacker had been solid for the Chiefs this season, racking up 22 tackles (13 solo) and one sack. In his stead, rookie linebacker Dorian O'Daniel could be in line for an increase in snaps.
Head coach Andy Reid said Smith sustained a sprained right knee during Sunday's victory over the Bengals, Brooke Pryor of The Kansas City Star reports.
Smith injured his knee while playing on special teams during the second quarter. It looks like he's in store to miss at least a couple of games, which would thrust third-round rookie Dorian O'Daniel into a more prominent role on defense, particularly on passing downs.
Smith injured his knee and is doubtful to return to Sunday's game against the Bengals.
The specifics of Smith's injury aren't clear at the moment. His absence should open up more reps for fellow reserve linebacker Dorian O'Daniel.
Smith was a full participant in Friday's practice.
Smith appears to have fully recovered from a minor shin injury. There's no reason to suspect that the depth linebacker won't suit up against Denver on Monday.
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