Smith, 30, suffered a groin injury prior to the beginning of the season and did appear in a preseason or regular season game for the Jaguars in 2012 prior to the move to injured reserve. Before the 2012 season, Smith had started 122 out of a possible 128 games for the Jaguars since being drafted by the team in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft.
The Jaguars designated Smith as a player eligible to return from the injured reserve, taking advantage of a new rule added during the 2012 offseason that allows certain players to return from the list.
A team can activate a player from the injured reserve list if they sustained an injury that caused them to miss at least six weeks, and the player can return to practice after six weeks before being activated after eight weeks. With the move, Smith is eligible to return for the final two games of the season.