It was announced via Instagram this afternoon that Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Telvin Smith will not be playing professional football this season.
Smith cites family and health concerns as his reasons why he’s leaving the team.
Smith has been the team’s leading tackler the past two seasons and led the Jaguars to the AFC Championship in the 2017 season. He was also selected to the Pro Bowl and was listed as Second-Team All-Pro, also in 2017.
The sixth-year linebacker is also the only defensive player in the NFL that recorded 100 tackles, two interceptions and one fumble recovery each all in the last three seasons.
The organization released a press statement that they have not met with Smith and has not provided a comment about Smith and his situation until they formally meet with him.
Statement regarding LB Telvin Smith. pic.twitter.com/0LzdM4K9NC— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) May 9, 2019