Steelers defensive end Aaron Smith will miss the rest of the season after being placed on injured reserve, the team announced today. The 13-year veteran suffered a foot injury on Oct. 2 against the Texans and hasn't played since.
Smith has been incredibly injury-prone the last few years: after appearing in all 16 games in 2008, he played in just five games the following year and six games in 2010 due to triceps and shoulder injuries. In four games this season before going down, Smith tallied eight tackles.
According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Smith came into the season thinking this season might be his last, which means that he already may have played his last game. He's started 152 games over his career, ranking 10th on the Steelers' all-time sack list with 44.
To replace Smith on the roster, the Steelers signed rookie defensive end Corbin Bryant off the practice squad.
For more on Smith and the Steelers, visit Steelers blog Behind The Steel Curtain.