Fullback Keith Smith passes physical, comes off the injured list

Fullback Keith Smith played linebacker for San Jose State and with the Dallas CowboysKirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports photo
Tom LaMarre

by Tom LaMarre

Keith Smith, who started three games at fullback last season for the Oakland Raiders, passed his physical and was activated from the non-football injury list and practiced with his teammates on Tuesday, the team announced.

The 6-foot, 240-pound Smith injured his left knee while working out before the start of training camp.

Smith, who played in all 16 games last season and was used primarily as a blocker, made only one carry for no gain and caught five passes for 23 yards after signing a two-year free agent contract with the Raiders before the season. He also played a role on special teams.

The 27-year-old Smith was signed as an undrafted free agent out of San Jose State by the Dallas Cowboys in 2014 and spent his first four NFL seasons in Dallas before becoming a free agent.

Smith has three carries for five yards and 13 receptions for 69 yards in his pro career after playing inside linebacker at San Jose State, leading Division I players with 159 total tackles and an average of 13.3 per game as a senior in 2013.

The Cowboys moved him to fullback after the 2015 season.

The only other fullback on the Raiders’ roster is rookie Alec Ingold, who was signed as an undrafted free agent from Wisconsin.

The Raiders also signed two free agents, defensive back Makinton Dorleant and cornerback Joshua Holsey.

The 5-11, 218-pound Dorleant re-joined the Raiders after signing in January and spending the offseason program with Oakland. Dorleant joined the Raiders as a member of the practice squad in 2018 after spending time with the Baltimore Ravens, Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs.

Holsey, who was a seventh-round selection (235th overall) in the 2017 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, joined the Raiders after spending his first two seasons with the Redskins and appearing in 13 games, mostly on special teams.

In corresponding moves to make room for Holsey and Dorleant on the roster, the Raiders waived punter Johnny Townsend and cornerback Champ Heevers.