Evan Smith
TB (6)
1 week ago

Smith, who started at center and both guard spots last season, received a $1 million roster bonus Wednesday, essentially guaranteeing his return in 2017, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

The versatile 30-year-old had been rumored to be a potential salary-cap cut this offseason, but Wednesday's bonus payment put that possibility to rest. Smith will thus play out the final season of his four-year contract with the Bucs in 2017 and is expected to at a minimum serve as a valuable backup along the interior of the offensive line. Smith is even a candidate to compete for the starting center job he'd held in 2014, but Tampa also re-signed Joe Hawley later Wednesday, who held down that role last season when healthy.

Evan Smith
TB (6)
3 months ago

Smith (knee) is active Sunday against the Saints.

EDGE Analysis

This marks Smith's first game back since going down in Week 10 with an injured knee.

Evan Smith
TB (6)
3 months ago

Smith (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against New Orleans, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Smith practiced this week for the first time since injuring his knee in Week 10. He'll resume his role as a backup lineman if he's able to return.

Evan Smith
TB (6)
4 months ago

Smith (knee) was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

The fact that he was able to get in any degree of activity represents an improvement for Smith, considering he had missed every practice since exiting the Week 10 contest against the Bears with his knee injury. If he's able to suit up Sunday against the Saints, he'll resume his customary role backing up starter Joe Hawley.

Evan Smith
TB (6)
4 months ago

Smith (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's tilt with the Chargers.

EDGE Analysis

Smith will miss his third straight game after suffering a grade-two MCL sprain. A reserve lineman, Smith doesn't play a major role in the offensive game plan.

Evan Smith
TB (6)
4 months ago

Smith (knee - MCL) has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Seahawks, ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Smith is nursing a grade-two MCL sprain and missed every practice this week. It isn't certain when he'll be able to play again.

Evan Smith
TB (6)
4 months ago

Smith (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's contest against the Chiefs.

EDGE Analysis

Smith is dealing with a grade-2 MCL sprain and was therefore unable to participate in practice throughout the week. Ben Gottschalk figures to draw the start at center on Sunday.

Evan Smith
TB (6)
4 months ago

Smith was forced out of Sunday's win over the Bears with a knee injury that has since been confirmed as a grade-2 MCL Sprain, ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Smith was starting in place of the injured Joe Hawley who was out with a knee injury himself. He was then replaced by Ben Gottschalk who had just been promoted from the practice squad on Saturday. Grade-2 MCL sprains typically keep players sidelined for 2-to-4 weeks. Hawley's status for Week 11 is unknown at this time, but Gottschalk will presumably get the start if he cannot go.

Evan Smith
TB (6)
4 months ago

Smith (knee) will not return to Sunday's game against the Bears, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

With normal starting center Joe Hawley (knee) also out, the Buccaneers may need to do some shuffling along their offensive line. Ben Gottschalk is listed as Tampa Bay's next man up at center.

Evan Smith
TB (6)
4 months ago

Smith injured his knee during Sunday's tilt against the Bears and is questionable to return.

EDGE Analysis

Smith was inserted into the starting lineup at center due to Joe Hawley's (knee) absence. He may be able to return to Sunday's contest, while the Buccaneers are running out of options to play the center position.