Wendell Smallwood

Washington Redskins
Running Back #28
Washington Redskins
Running Back #28

Wendell Smallwood News

Returns to practice squad

Smallwood reverted to Washington's practice squad Monday.

Analysis: Smallwood played 16 of a possible 63 snaps on offense and added seven on special teams. He put up four carries for 12 yards and caught two of his three targets for 10 additional yards.

Jan 3, 2022 10:14 PM EST

Gets six touches

Smallwood took four carries for 12 yards and two catches for 10 yards in Sunday's 20-16 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Smallwood played 25 percent of snaps, filling a change-of-pace role behind rookie Jaret Patterson with Antonio Gibson on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Smallwood turns 28 in January and may stick around due to his experience on special teams and playing passing downs, but there's no real path to a significant workload in Washington, be it Week 18 against the Giants or next season.

Jan 3, 2022 6:58 AM EST

Possible bump in playing time

Smallwood was elevated to the Washington active roster Saturday.

Analysis: Antonio Gibson was not activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list meaning Jaret Patterson, Jonathan Williams and Wendell Smallwood will form an unheralded backfield-by-committee for Washington. Smallwood has been active for just two games this season and has primarily been used on special teams, but considering the lack of healthy alternatives for Washington expect to see the former Eagles back to get some playing time against the team who drafted him back in 2016.

Jan 1, 2022 12:14 PM EST

Heads back to practice squad

Smallwood reverted to Washington's practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction report.

Analysis: Smallwood, who was activated off the COVID-19 list ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Cowboys, played just six special teams snaps and didn't record a counting stat. If Antonio Gibson (toe) is able to clear the injury report this week, Smallwood will likely stick with the practice squad in Week 17.

Dec 28, 2021 2:05 PM EST

Off COVID list

Smallwood has been activated from the COVID-19 list.

Analysis: Smallwood, who had been on the team's practice squad, was also elevated to the active roster in advance of Sunday night's game against the Cowboys. He'll provide added Week 16 backfield depth along with Jaret Patterson and Jonathan Williams, with Antonio Gibson (toe) listed as questionable versus Dallas.

Dec 25, 2021 10:11 AM EST

Moves to COVID list

Smallwood was placed on Washington's practice squad COVID list after testing positive for the virus Friday, Albert Breer of SI.com reports.

Analysis: Smallwood has been on Washington's practice squad since early November and is now unavailable due to the virus. He'll have to stay away from the team facility until he clears the health and safety protocols.

Dec 17, 2021 9:57 AM EST

Not feeling 100 percent

Coach Ron Rivera said Wednesday that Smallwood (undisclosed) is feeling sore after handling three offensive touches Week 13, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Football Team evidently isn't sure Smallwood will be available Week 14 versus Dallas, which prompted the signing of Jonathan Williams off the Giants' practice squad. Of course, if J.D. McKissic (concussion) manages to retake the field, it's possible neither Smallwood or Williams are given an opportunity to see the field.

Dec 8, 2021 9:57 AM EST

Back to practice squad

Smallwood reverted to Washington's practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Smallwood appeared in his first game of the 2021 season after being elevated to the active roster ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Raiders, carrying the ball once for 13 yards while reeling in two passes for 12 yards. He was also on the field for eight snaps on special teams. Smallwood could see playing time again in Week 14 if J.D. McKissic (concussion) is unable to go.

Dec 6, 2021 8:33 PM EST

Gets only three touches

Smallwood took one carry for 13 yards and caught two passes for 12 yards in Sunday's 17-15 win over Las Vegas.

Analysis: Smallwood was elevated from the practice squad Saturday to replace J.D. McKissic, who was ruled out beforehand with a concussion. Rather than having Smallwood handle McKissic's typical role, OC Scott Turner unleashed Antonio Gibson for season-high 82 percent snap share while Smallwood got just 7 percent and Jaret Patterson took 6 percent. That likely quashes most of the deep-league interest in Smallwood, though he could see a few more looks if McKissic misses additional time.

Dec 6, 2021 6:35 AM EST

Joins active roster

Smallwood has been elevated to Washington's active roster.

Analysis: No surprise here, as Smallwood was expected to be called up to help provide depth at running back behind Antonio Gibson and Jaret Patterson with J.D. McKissic (concussion) being ruled out. Patterson has primarily worked as Gibson's backup for early downs, so Smallwood could potentially see a decent-sized role replacing McKissic, as the latter is averaging 4.4 carries and 3.9 receptions per game.

Dec 4, 2021 12:33 PM EST

Likely replacing McKissic this week

Coach Ron Rivera suggested Smallwood could be called up from the practice squad to replace J.D. McKissic (concussion) as Washington's passing-down back Sunday against the Raiders, Matthew Paras of The Washington Times reports.

Analysis: The other options to replace McKissic are lead runner Antonio Gibson (who has three straight games with 19-plus carries) or rookie Jaret Patterson (who thus far has only worked as Gibson's backup for early downs). The 27-year-old Smallwood last took an NFL touch in 2019, but he could have a decent-sized role this Sunday given that McKissic is averaging 4.4 carries and 3.9 receptions for 55.4 total yards per game.

Dec 3, 2021 10:53 AM EST

Joins Washington's practice squad

Washington signed Smallwood to their practice squad Tuesday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Smallwood spent the 2019 season with Washington. He recorded 22 rushes for 81 yards and nine receptions for 64 yards across 15 appearances. In a corresponding move, the Football Team released running back Jonathan Williams from their practice squad.

Nov 2, 2021 9:18 AM EST

Cut from Jaguars' practice squad

The Jaguars cut Smallwood from their practice squad Monday, Doug Kyed of Pro Football Focus reports.

Analysis: Smallwood was signed to the Jaguars' practice squad ahead of Week 5. He played two snaps on special teams and didn't record any stats. The 27-year-old running back has only appeared in two regular season games since 2019.

Oct 12, 2021 10:00 AM EST

Signs with Jaguars' practice squad

Smallwood signed with the Jaguars' practice squad Wednesday.

Analysis: Smallwood was unable to land a roster spot during training camp, but he'll attempt to carve out a depth role with the Jaguars while Carlos Hyde (shoulder) is banged up. The 27-year-old spent most of the 2020 campaign on Pittsburgh's practice squad.

Oct 6, 2021 9:38 AM EST

Back to practice squad

Smallwood reverted to Pittsburgh's practice squad Thursday, per the league's official transactions report.

Analysis: Smallwood was promoted for Wednesday's win over the Ravens as a reserve option, but he ultimately played just two snaps on special teams while Benny Snell and Anthony McFarland led Pittsburgh's backfield. It could require both James Conner (reserve/COVID-19 list) and Jaylen Samuels (quadriceps) missing more time for Smallwood to come off the practice squad again Week 13.

Dec 3, 2020 10:14 PM EST

No role in Week 12

Smallwood played two snaps -- both on special teams -- Wednesday in the Steelers' 19-14 win over the Ravens.

Analysis: With running backs James Conner (reserve/COVID-19 list) and Jaylen Samuels (quadriceps) sitting out the Week 12 contest, Smallwood was elevated from the practice squad to provide depth behind Benny Snell and Anthony McFarland. Pittsburgh should have one or both of Conner and Samuels back for their Week 13 game Monday versus Washington, so Smallwood will presumably revert to the practice squad in the coming days.

Dec 3, 2020 8:58 AM EST

Added to active roster

Smallwood has been added to the Steelers' active roster for Wednesday's game against the Ravens, Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Analysis: With James Conner (illness) and Jaylen Samuels (quad) unavailable for the contest, Smallwood is in line to serve as the Steelers' No. 3 running back Wednesday behind Benny Snell and Anthony McFarland.

Dec 2, 2020 10:09 AM EST

Lands on practice squad

The Steelers signed Smallwood to the practice squad Monday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: Smallwood was released Saturday but will stick around on the practice squad. The 2016 fifth-round pick contributes best as a pass-catcher, and he'd be a strong addition to the active roster if starter James Conner suffered another injury.

Sep 7, 2020 9:18 AM EST

Let go by Pittsburgh

Smallwood was cut by the Steelers on Sunday, Sean Gentille of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Smallwood dealt with a shoulder injury that kept him sidelined for the later stages of camp, so the injury could have something to do with his release. In his stead, the Steelers elected to keep James Conner, Benny Snell, Jaylen Samuels and Anthony McFarland (concussion). Smallwood could be an intriguing depth option elsewhere should injury or illness occur, as the 26-year-old rushed for 87 yards on 22 carries across 15 games for Washington last season.

Sep 6, 2020 7:56 AM EST

Remains absent from practice

Smallwood (shoulder) remained sidelined at Monday's practice, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.

Analysis: Smallwood injured his shoulder at Saturday's practice. The severity of the issue remains unclear, but he is not healthy enough to practice at this point. A quick return would be advantageous for his chances at locking down a role on the team's final roster.

Aug 24, 2020 4:31 PM EST

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