Jets Place RB Bernard Pierce On I.R. & Sign RB Antone Smith

The New York Jets announced Tuesday that they’ve placed RB Bernard Pierce on injured reserve and signed RB Antone Smith to a contract.

Pierce, 25, is a former third-round pick of the Ravens back in 2012. He spent three years in Baltimore before he was waived and later claimed off of waivers by the Jaguars.

The Jets just signed Pierce to a contract a few weeks ago.

Pierce’s 2015 season was cut short after he was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a calf injury. Last year, Pierce ran for 11 yards on six carries (1.8 YPC) to go along with three receptions for seven yards receiving and no touchdowns.

Smith, 30, originally signed on with the Lions as an undrafted free agent out of Florida State back in 2009. He had brief stints with the Vikings and Texans before catching on with the Falcons during the 2009 season.

Smith wound up spending five years in Atlanta before he was released with an injury settlement at the beginning of the regular season. The Bears signed him to a contract back in October only to cut him loose towards the end of the year.

In 2015, Smith appeared in five games and ran for 11 yards on a single carry.

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