Smith is on the team's Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list with a calf injury and told reporters a few days ago that he would take the field by the end of the weekend. He hasn't practiced since signing a three-year, $18 million contract in April because he missed all of the offseason workouts for personal reasons.
Asked Sunday if his prediction of suiting up today would come true, Smith said, "Ah man, I don't know yet. You just have to wait and see."
I asked Smith if this was his call. "It's above me," Smith said.
If it was Smith's call, would he be practicing Sunday? "I would have loved to have been out there the first day, if it was my call," he said.
What percentage would Smith put on his health at this point? "A thousand percent," he said. "But again, it's not up to me."
The Bengals practice at 3 p.m., and it looks like the odds are against Smith being out there on the field.
*UPDATE: Smith was held out again from practicing Sunday. According to coach Marvin Lewis, it's the doctor's decision. The problem is, that doctor has been away at a conference. "Andre looks fine," Lewis said. "It's probably a good process for him to go through, to spend these four days with our strength coaches and therapists to really see where he is. He went and did his conditioning test today, so that's good."