Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey told reporters on Wednesday that he thinks Sunday will be the season debut of Daryl Smith after a long battle with a groin injury that needed surgery in October and resulted in the veteran linebacker being placed on the injured reserve recall list.
Smith, 30, is in a contract year with the Jaguars, but has yet to see the field. In the first eight seasons of his career after being selected in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft, Smith played in 124 games, starting 122, and missed just four possible games. In the three seasons prior to his injured 2012 year, Smith started all 16 games for the Jaguars.
Smith is the all-time leading tackler in franchise history and ranks sixth in forced fumbles, twelfth in interceptions and ninth in sacks. The right to recall a designated player from injured reserve is a new rule that the NFL implemented in the 2012 offseason.