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Eagles Shut Down Steve Smith

Team places wideout on injured reserve with a knee injury

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    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.

    Smith was inactive for the Eagles 26-10 win at Miami Sunday.

    "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.