The cornerback position for the Indianapolis Colts has taken another hit, as today they waived-injured D’Joun Smith this afternoon. If he clears waivers, he will revert to the team’s injured reserve.
Smith was the team’s third round pick last year, but struggled to get healthy. He began last season with a knee injury and was placed on injured reserve with the designation to return, but after returning he played in just four games before he was placed on season-ending injured reserve due to his knee injury. He suffered a setback this offseason in his recovery from his knee injury and hasn’t really been healthy much in training camp or preseason.
That made it an even more difficult decision for the the Colts, as they are very injured at cornerback. If Smith wasn’t healthy, the Colts really couldn’t afford to keep him around on the active roster to wait for him to recover since so many other corners are injured as well. So since he’s apparantly still not healthy, it’s not too surprising to see them make this move - as they really didn’t have too much of a choice. It does make the cornerback position even more interesting heading into final roster cuts tomorrow, however. The fact that Smith was waived-injured rather than just placed directly on injured reserve could possibly indicate that it might not be a long-term injury and that an injury settlement is a possibility. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport noted that the injury is an ankle sprain (which normally isn’t a season-ender), while the Indianapolis Star’s Stephen Holder wrote that it is expected that the Colts will reach an injury settlement with Smith. That makes sense, as NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo reports that Smith should be able to play this year. The injury likely played a huge part in the Colts’ decision to waive him, but it may not be the only factor. According to WTHR’s Bob Kravitz, Smith was waived “due to a lack of professionalism rather than injuries or a lack of ability.”