PDaryl SmithLB TB (6) 52 minutes ago
Smith (undisclosed) will not play Friday against the Browns.
The veteran linebacker will miss his second consecutive preseason game Friday as he recovers from an undisclosed ailment. Both Smith and Devante Bond (hamstring) are sitting out Friday, so Josh Keyes figures to see plenty of snaps at strongside backer against Cleveland.
PDaryl SmithLB TB (6) 1 day ago
Smith (undisclosed) sat out another practice on Wednesday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
There continues to be no official explanation for the veteran linebacker's absence, which is now at a full week and included last Saturday's preseason contest versus the Jaguars. Smith is presumably not in any danger of missing regular season time, although without any exact details on the injury, it's impossible to determine a timetable for return. At minimum, his chances of playing in Friday's tilt against the Browns appear dim at this stage.
PDaryl SmithLB TB (6) 6 days ago
Smith (undisclosed) is not in uniform for Saturday's preseason affair with the Jaguars, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Smith was a late scratch Saturday and it's not clear why as of right now. A high-volume tackler, Smith has been a clear-cut starter in this league for 13 seasons. While it makes sense to speculate that the Buccaneers could be giving Smith the game off to rest, nothing is certain until an official word is given.
PDaryl SmithLB TB (6) 4 weeks ago
Smith snatched his first interception of training camp Sunday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The starting strongside linebacker, who has extensive familarity with defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme from their time in Jacksonville in the mid-to-late 2000s, was Johnny-on-the-Spot on his pick, diving to snare the ball after it deflected off the hands of wideout Vincent Jackson. Smith has built an impressive resume as a tackling machine throughout his career, but has also shown a nose for the ball. The 34-year-old has 11 career picks to his credit, with three of those coming in each of his first three campaigns under Mike Smith's tutelage with the Jaguars.
PDaryl SmithLB TB (6) 4 months ago
Smith is excited about his new defensive teammates and once again playing in coach Mike Smith's scheme in 2016, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The 13-year veteran, who topped 120 tackles in each of his last three seasons with the Ravens, is reunited with coach Mike Smith in Tampa after having played under his tutelage for four seasons during the latter's defensive coordinator tenure in Jacksonville in the mid-to-late 2000s. Smith's familiarity and past success in the scheme provides considerable reason for optimism, but his new teammates have him excited for the coming season as well. ""We've got a young roster that can play," he said. "We've got talent that nobody really might not know it just yet, but hopefully we'll prove that." The 34-year-old is particularly looking forward to playing alongside Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander in the linebacker corps in a defensive scheme he feels will be an ideal fit for their respectives skill sets. "They're both young," he said. "Lavonte's been around a few years, All-Pro, knows what he's doing. Kwon is young, but knowledgeable about the game and so eager to learn. Already they're asking so many questions. It's a defense they'll thrive in."
PDaryl SmithLB TB (6) 5 months ago
Smith signed a one-year contract with the Buccaneers on Thursday, Peter Schrager of Fox Sports reports.
The veteran Smith will join Tampa Bay's young but talented linebacking corps on a one-year deal after being released by Baltimore earlier in the offseason to clear some cap space. Smith recorded 121 tackles and three sacks as a middle linebacker in the Ravens' 3-4 system last season, but he could be a replacement as the strong side backer with the Bucs releasing Bruce Carter this offseason. Despite the fact that he'll be 34 when the season gets underway, Smith still has decent coverage skills for a linebacker and could serve as a solid one-year stopgap in Tampa Bay.
PDaryl SmithLB TB (6) 5 months ago
Smith is paying a free agent visit to the Bucs on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
The 14-year veteran, released by the Ravens on Mar. 3, played under new Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith in Jacksonville from 2004-2007 during part of the latter's stint as the Jaguars' defensive coordinator. An above-average run-stopping presence throughout his career, Smith amassed 372 tackles (196 solo), 12 tackles for loss, nine sacks, four forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, 30 passes defensed and five interceptions over the last three seasons in Baltimore. The Bucs are seeking to re-stock their linebacker corps after the releases of Danny Lansanah and Bruce Carter earlier in the offseason.
PDaryl SmithLB TB (6) 6 months ago
Smith was released by the Ravens on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Smith is coming off of another strong season in which he recorded 121 combined tackles and 3.0 sacks, but he'll turn 34 later this month, and the Ravens have opted to cut ties as they'll look to get younger at the position. The move also saves Baltimore roughly $2.6 million. As a free agent, Smith figures to draw considerable interest, though it's unclear how many teams would be willing to offer him a full-time starting spot.
PDaryl SmithLB TB (6) 7 months ago
Smith finished 2015 with 121 tackles (72 solo), three sacks and an interception in 16 games.
Smith and fellow inside linebacker C.J. Mosley both played nearly every defensive snap for a second straight season. Even with Smith turning 34 in May, the duo will likely return for a third consecutive year, providing some form of stability to an otherwise shaky defense. Smith has topped 120 tackles in each of his three seasons with the Ravens, after failing to do so even once during his nine years in Jacksonville.
PDaryl SmithLB TB (6) 8 months ago
Smith (non-injury related) is active for Sunday's game at Cincinnati.
Smith is having a solid season with 118 total tackles and three sacks through 15 games and will look to finish the year strong against the Bengals.