The Steve Smith era is Philly likely came to an end Monday as the Eagles placed the veteran wideout on Injured Reserve with a bone bruise on his left knee.
DT Cedric Thornton was called up from the practice squad to take Smith’s roster spot.
"When we actually got to Miami, his knee had swollen on the plane," Coach Andy Reid said Monday. "We had an MRI done today on it -- he’s got a pretty good bone bruise in there."
The 26-year-old receiver never seemed to recover from microfracture surgery last December on the same injured knee.
He struggled to find playing time all season after signing a one-year deal with Philly.
Big things were expected of the former Pro Bowler after the Eagles signed him away from the rival Giants but he rarely found the field -- even after injuries and inactivations of starting receivers Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson.
Smith, a former 1,000-yard, 100-catch receiver, caught just 11 balls for 124 yards and a touchdown (scored against his former team) in nine games for the Eagles.
Thornton, a 6-foot-4, 309-pounder, has spent his whole rookie season on the Eagles practice squad after being signed out of Southern Arkansas.