Atlanta Falcons backup running back Antone Smith went down with a knee injury in Sunday’s close loss to the Green Bay Packers, and he was taken out of the game after suffering the injury in the second half. Smith needed an MRI on his knee following the game, but it sounded like the results came back clean when Falcons head coach Mike Smith called Antone Smith day-to-day. Despite the fact that Smith avoided a severe injury, his status for this week’s game against the Washington Redskins has always been up-in-the-air, and it honestly sounds like he won’t be out there on Sunday.
According to ESPN NFL Nation’s Vaughn McClure, Antone Smith stated that he will not practice today, which puts his status for this week’s game in further doubt following last week’s knee injury. Smith will need to practice tomorrow in order to play on Sunday, so consider the backup running back and special teams contributor very questionable for this week’s game.
The 28-year-old Florida State product doesn’t play much of a role in the Falcons offense, so his loss wouldn’t be a big one for this team. He has made some big plays, though, as he had an electrifying game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 11. Overall, Smith has 145 rushing yards, two touchdowns, two receptions, and 40 kick-off return yards this season.