Jaguars Make Roster Moves, Waive Malcolm Smith
With the Jacksonville Jaguars entering their Week 10 bye, the team is making some changes to its active roster as it prepares for the second half of its season.
The team announced Tuesday it had waived veteran linebacker Malcolm Smith, who was signed to the roster Oct. 23 after a number of injuries Jacksonville's linebacker group.
Smith played in two games for Jacksonville but did not register a snap for the defense. He did play 29 special teams snaps for the Jaguars, which included him recovering a blocked extra point attempt in Week 9's 26-3 loss to the Houston Texans. He attempted to return the block for points but was eventually tackled out of bounds by Texans punter Bryan Anger.
"Smith is a vested veteran but is still subject to waivers, as the transaction took place after the trade deadline," the team said in a release.
With Smith's release, the Jaguars now have 52 players on their active roster and have one space left to add a player. This spot will almost certainly go to quarterback Nick Foles when he returns from the team's reserve/injured list before Jacksonville's Week 11 game at the Indianapolis Colts.
Foles has not played since the first quarter of Week 1 against the Kansas City Chiefs, when he suffered a clavicle injury on his 11th snap as a Jaguar following a hit by Chiefs' defensive lineman Chris Jones during a Foles' touchdown pass to DJ Chark.
It was also announced by the team Tuesday that undrafted rookie linebacker Joe Giles-Harris was signed to the team's practice squad. Giles-Harris spent the first seven weeks of the season on Jacksonville's practice squad before being called up to the active roster for Week 8. He was waived from the active roster Saturday, a day before the Texans game, to make room for rookie wide receiver Michael Walker.