New York Jets Injuries: Eric Smith Hurt at Practice, Kenrick Ellis out 4-6 Weeks

Rocco Constantino@@br_jets_reportContributor IOctober 11, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 27:   Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Buffalo Bills passes over Eric Smith #33 of the New York Jets during their game at MetLife Stadium on November 27, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets continued to receive bad breaks on the injury front as Kenrick Ellis and Eric Smith will both be added to the growing list of players who will miss this week's game against the Colts.

According to Seth Walder of the New York Daily News, Ellis will be out 4-6 weeks with a sprained knee and Smith will miss this week's game against the Colts at a minimum. 

Ellis injured his knee in Monday night's loss to the Texans, and Smith suffered a knee injury at practice on Wednesday.

The time frame on Ellis' injury was originally thought to be much shorter, but the sprain may keep him out until December.

Smith's injury came at practice on Wednesday when the safety sprained his knee trying to break up a pass.  The injury comes at an inopportune time for Smith who saw increased playing against the Texans at the expense of LaRon Landry.

Smith played 23 of the team's 66 defensive snaps against the Texans while Landry played 53.  Landry had missed just 12 snaps combined over the first four games.

The Jets' defensive tackle position is in flux as the only definite veteran that is set for Sunday's game is Mike DeVito.  Sione Pouha still hasn't practiced this week and his status remains doubtful.  

Other defensive tackle options for the Jets on Sunday include undrafted free agent Damon Harrison, who has five career snaps played and Daniel Muir, who was signed yesterday and hasn't played a down this year.

The injury to Smith is new and the Jets haven't yet addressed how they will deal with it.  Rookie Josh Bush saw his first action on defense last week when he played two snaps, so he is a possibility.  

Antonio Allen is still on the team's practice squad, so that option is there as well.

In other injury news, Dustin Keller is optimistic he will play on Sunday, Rex Ryan is hopeful that Nick Mangold will be able to go and it looks like Stephen Hill will return to the lineup.