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Cornerback Sean Smith Will Return to Practice This Week

The 7-year NFL veteran was suspended for the first three games of the season


Kansas City Chiefs starting cornerback Sean Smith will return to practice Wednesday as the team prepares to face the Cincinnati Bengals, head coach Andy Reid confirmed Tuesday. Smith is done serving his three-game suspension to start the season.

"He'll be back this week," Reid said via conference call. "That's the important thing, he'll be back for [Wednesday's] practice."

Monday night against Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers marked the first time in 22 games the Chiefs have given up 300 yards passing or more.

With a potential knee injury to fellow CB Phillip Gaines, Smith, a top-five player in his position in 2014 per Pro Football Focus, will thus be a welcomed return to the lineup.

"I know he's been working out like crazy, so it's just a matter of getting him back into the football swing of things," Reid said. "We could probably put him right back in and let him get going. I think every rep he can get is an important rep in practice."

The Bengals offense features Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green, tight end Tyler Eifert and WR Marvin Jones, who have already combined for 8 touchdowns this season.

Smith adds depth to the Chiefs secondary.

"We went into that game [Monday] night healthy for the guys that we had – except for Sean. It'll be good to get him back in the mix, for sure."

When asked whether Smith would immediately return to the lineup, Reid said that he would wait to see how he does in practice, but "would tell you yes."

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