The Jets placed Smith (abdomen) on injured reserve Monday, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.
Smith underwent surgery to repair a core-muscle injury in mid-August and was expected to miss the first couple of games anyway. The league's altered rules allow Smith to return to practice after three weeks on IR, and according to Connor Hughes of The Athletic, the Jets believe he'll be ready to play in Week 4's matchup versus the Broncos.
Smith will undergo surgery Tuesday to address a core-muscle injury, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports. He's expected to be sidelined for 5-to-8 weeks.
Before sustaining the injury over the weekend, Smith had been competing with rookie Denzel Mims for the Jets' No. 3 receiver job. With Smith's recovery from surgery set to extend into the regular season and Mims having yet to practice due to a hamstring issue, newly signed veteran Chris Hogan now is well positioned to contend for a regular spot in three-receiver sets alongside Breshad Perriman and Jamison Crowder.
Smith is battling a core-muscle injury and will visit a specialist Monday, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports.
There's no report on the severity of Smith's injury, and the Jets likely will release more info after his doctor visit. He's expected to work as a depth receiver -- like he did last year -- with the Jets, and he should make most of his impact as the team's top kick returner if he's healthy.
Smith should be in the mix for a starting job, potentially competing with rookie second-round pick Denzel Mims, ESPN.com's Rich Cimini reports.
Jamison Crowder and Breshad Perriman are locked in for regular snaps, leaving one starting spot up for grabs. The Jets would like to see Mims step up to the challenge, but it's Smith -- a 2018 UDFA -- who has the benefit of a full year spent in Adam Gase's offense. Smith started four of his 13 games for the Jets last season, hauling in 17 of 31 targets for 225 yards while playing 318 offensive snaps. He also played 132 snaps on special teams, including 10 kick returns for 299 yards, so he should have a spot on the Week 1 roster even if Mims wins the starting job.
Smith caught three of four targets for 36 yards and added a 20-yard run in Sunday's 13-6 win over the Bills.
Smith finishes the season with 17 catches for 225 yards as well as 52 yards and a touchdown on three rushing attempts. The 23-year-old receiver has also contributed as a return man on special teams and carries a cap his of just $660,000 in 2020, so the Jets will likely retain Smith for depth.
Smith caught three of four targets for 32 yards in Sunday's 16-10 win over the Steelers.
Smith did his best imitation of a defensive back on the lone incomplete pass thrown his way, knocking the ball out of the defender's hands to prevent an interception. His 32 receiving yards put Smith in a three-way tie for second on the team for the afternoon. The undrafted receiver will close out his second NFL season against the Bills in Week 17.
Smith secured three of five targets for 40 yards and returned three kickoffs for 86 yards in the Jets' 42-21 loss to the Ravens on Thursday.
Smith did a solid job as the No. 3 receiver with Demaryius Thomas (hamstring) out of action, as the speedy wideout generated his second multi-catch tally of the last three games. Smith also was impressive on kickoff returns and could continue enjoying an expanded role in the offense over the final two games with the Jets in evaluation mode for next season. Smith's penultimate opportunity to make an impression in 2019 will come in a Week 16 matchup against the Steelers, a week from Sunday.
Smith could take on an expanded role in the Jets' receiver corps Thursday against the Ravens, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Smith is facing a notable opportunity with Demaryius Thomas (hamstring) listed as doubtful and top receiving tight end Ryan Griffin (ankle) ruled out. The second-year pro boasts big-play ability -- he's averaged 16.0 yards per catch for his career -- but he doesn't normally draw consistent enough target volume to warrant fantasy consideration. With more snaps likely headed his way Thursday, Smith's fantasy upside could be higher than usual, though his floor is still dangerously low.
Smith caught one of three targets for 37 yards in Sunday's 22-21 win over the Dolphins.
Smith's lone catch was a huge one, as it came on the first play of New York's final drive, which the Jets started down two with 1:33 remaining. He's shown big-play ability, but Smith isn't seeing nearly enough volume to consistently put that ability to use.
Smith caught two of three targets for 23 yards in Sunday's 22-6 loss to the Bengals.
Smith had a limited impact as usual in his role as a depth receiver. There's still time for the 23-year-old undrafted free agent out of Limestone College to gain fantasy relevance as his career unfolds, but Smith can be ignored in all formats at this stage.
Smith caught his lone target for 22 yards in Sunday's 34-3 win over Oakland. He also returned one kick for 19 yards.
Smith continues to get the occasional look on offense, but his involvement isn't consistent enough to warrant fantasy consideration at this point. His 22 receiving yards represent a new single-game career high in that category.
Smith didn't catch his lone target and fumbled at the end of his lone kick return in Sunday's 34-17 win over the Redskins.
Smith had a decent 27-yard return going when he put the ball on the ground. He didn't get another opportunity to return a kick in the game.
Smith failed to catch his lone target in Sunday's 34-27 win over the Giants.
Smith remained barely involved in the offense. He also ceded kick return duties back to Ty Montgomery, as the Jets' game plan for that special teams role continues to vary on a weekly basis.
Smith caught one of three targets for 20 yards and added a 78-yard kick return in Sunday's 26-18 loss to the Dolphins.
Smith almost broke free on his lone kick return but still set his team up with an instant red-zone trip. The rookie continues to showcase his explosiveness, but he doesn't see enough usage to translate his talent into fantasy success.
Smith caught two of four targets for 10 yards and added a 13-yard run in Sunday's 29-15 loss to the Jaguars.
Smith's run was the only play to gain more than five yards on the ground for the Jets. He remains a fantasy afterthought due to a lack of usage, but the 23-year-old receiver has showcased some ability in space, with a 19-yard touchdown and now this 13-yarder on his two career rushing attempts to go with three catches for 15 yards through four games.
Smith caught his lone target for five yards in Sunday's 24-22 win over Dallas.
Smith also returned three kickoffs for 73 yards, taking over as the kick returner with Trenton Cannon (foot) sitting. The Jets clearly like what they have in the 23-year-old wide receiver, but Smith's role will have to grow substantially before he gains any real fantasy value.
Smith scored a 19-yard rushing touchdown on his only touch in Sunday's 31-6 loss to the Eagles.
Smith delivered New York's only points of the game on an end-around. He's still buried deep down the wide receiver depth chart, but Smith likely earned himself a larger role moving forward by making the most of his opportunity here.
The Jets signed Smith off the Texans' practice squad Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Smith suited up in seven games for the Texans last season. He wasn't used often on special teams, while his offense was limited to five catches for 91 yards and a touchdown. However, he did have two catches of over 20 yards, and Smith should add solid depth if Demaryius Thomas (knee/hamstring) misses additional time.
The Texans signed Smith to their practice squad Sunday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Smith was let go as part of the final cuts Saturday and rejoins the team he played for as a rookie in 2018. He made the Texans last season as an undrafted free agent and caught five passes for 91 yards and a touchdown. If Keke Coutee's ankle injury lingers, Smith could find his way back to the 53-man roster.
Smith was waived by Houston on Saturday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Smith appeared in seven games for Houston last season, catching five passes for 91 yards and a touchdown over 179 snaps. The 23-year-old will have to look for another opportunity elsewhere in the league.
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