Colts D’Joun Smith Was Reportedly Back Practicing Friday
According to the Indianapolis Star’s Stephen Holder, Indianapolis Colts rookie cornerback D’Joun Smith was practicing with the team on Friday and is eligible to return on November 22nd against the Atlanta Falcons:
Having suffered a knee injury in Week 3 of preseason, Smith was eventually placed on Injured Reserve with a designation to return on September 18th. However, he’s required to be out at least 8 weeks before he can become eligible to play again with November 22nd as his earliest possible return.
As a 3rd round pick of the Colts in this year’s draft, Smith was expected to play a key role in the team’s secondary this season–perhaps pushing both Greg Toler and Darius Butler for additional playing time at cornerback. Had Smith not gotten injured himself, he may have seen a starting role early on for the Colts, who were considerably banged up at cornerback during the beginning of the season.
However, his season never really started, as he suffered an injury in preseason and apparently wasn’t making enough progress in his recovery to avoid being placed on IR with a designation to return status in mid-September. The Colts then signed cornerback Eric Patterson with Smith’s freed up roster space for additional cornerback depth.
Nevertheless, it’s encouraging news that Smith is already practicing with the team, and it looks as though he’ll be ready to return against the Falcons in Week 11 once his 8 weeks of inactivity are served. He’ll likely be behind Butler in the cornerback depth chart pecking order, but could see a more prominent role should injuries once again arise.
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