Antone Smith RB ATL 2 months ago

Smith (leg) returned to practice Tuesday, ESPN's Vaughn McClure reports.

Smith wasn't quite ready for the start of OTAs, but it ultimately won't matter that he missed the first week. Prior to breaking his leg in November, he showed off impressive big-play ability last season, incredibly recording five touchdowns of 38 or more yards on just 36 touches. While there was obviously an aspect of flukiness involved, Smith does have top-notch speed and quickness, along with above-average agility. The Falcons' backfield competition is expected to center around Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, but Smith could earn some kind of smaller role in the offense.

Antone Smith RB ATL 2 months ago

Smith said his leg is recovering well, but it doesn't appear that he'll be cleared by the time organized team activities begin Tuesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Smith suffered a broken leg back in November while covering a punt against the Panthers. He hopes to play a bigger role as a running back this season, especially now that Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers are no longer with the team. Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman are expected to begin the season ahead of Smith on the depth chart, but a good preseason could boost his stock.

Antone Smith RB ATL 5 months ago

The Falcons have re-signed Smith.

Smith, who is coming back from a fractured leg that he suffered on Nov. 16, has displayed big-play ability for the Falcons in limited duty over the past couple of seasons. Assuming he re-proves his health, he'll look to carve out a role this coming season in an Atlanta backfield that no longer features Steven Jackson.

Antone Smith RB ATL 8 months ago

Smith is out for the season with a broken leg.

Smith is thus slated to be placed on injured reserve and while he hasn't many touches of late, the Falcons' backfield will miss the big-play ability the 29-year-old displayed at times this season.

Antone Smith RB ATL 8 months ago

Smith (knee) will have an MRI on Monday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Considering that he was spotted leaving the locker room on crutches Sunday, Smith may be facing a lengthy absence barring some unexpected good news as further tests are performed.

Antone Smith RB ATL 8 months ago

Smith was carted off the field Sunday against the Panthers with a knee injury, ESPN's Vaughn McClure reports. He is questionable to return.

With Steven Jackson getting the bulk of the carries for Atlanta, Smith was limited to just one three-yard reception before the injury. Devonta Freeman may see additional playing time with Smith out.

Antone Smith RB ATL 9 months ago

Smith (neck) had four carries for three yards Sunday against the Buccaneers.

After scoring four touchdowns in the first five games of the season, Smith has really struggled of late, rushing 10 times for 18 yards and catching two passes for minus-one yard in the last three games combined. He's got the speed to break one deep at any moment, but he's a total fantasy dud without the long scores.

Antone Smith RB ATL 9 months ago

Smith (neck) is active for Sunday's matchup against the Buccaneers.

Smith was upgraded to a full participant in Friday's practice, so it's not too surprising to see the veteran back suit up. However, Smith has seen a double-digit offensive snap count in just three of eight games so far this season, and is a bit too big-play dependent to be a high-percentage option in most formats. He'll presumably work behind both Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers.

Antone Smith RB ATL 9 months ago

Smith (neck) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, AtlantaFalcons.com reports.

After being limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday, Smith was a full participant Friday and seems to be on an upward health trajectory heading into the weekend. He'll likely play, but he has just eight carries for 20 yards in his last three games, and the Bucs' run defense has actually been playing decently well lately.

Antone Smith RB ATL 9 months ago

Smith (neck) was limited in practice Wednesday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Smith suffered a neck injury in the Falcons' final outing before their Week 9 bye, but his presence in drills is at least an encouraging sign that he'll be able to suit up Sunday in Tampa Bay. Despite garnering limited touches all season, he's reeled off five touchdowns of at least 35 yards, ensuring viability in deeper formats.