Telvin Smith, the Jaguars fourth year outside linebacker, missed the Jaguars last two contests while being stuck in the NFL's concussion protocol after suffering a concussion in the Jaguars week 12 loss to the Cardinals.
Smith has now been removed from the concussion protocol and is good to go for the Jaguars. Smith practiced fully last Wednesday and Thursday, but missed Friday's practice. He'll now be full go for the Jaguars as they try to close out their regular season.
Smith has been one of the elite linebackers in the NFL this year. He's racked up 83 tackles, three interceptions, two fumble recoveries, one sack, and one touchdown. His Pro Football Focus grade of 90.9 is the fourth highest among linebackers this season.
While the Jaguars won both games that he missed, they did lose to the Cardinals in the game he suffered the injury. The run defense wasn't quite as stout without him in the lineup over the last two weeks. The Jags gave up 141 yards on the ground to both the Seahawks and Colts (what a weird stat?!). Smith will look to put an end to the recent failures of the Jaguars run defense.
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