Geno Smith Injury: Updates on New York Jets QB's Ankle
Geno Smith's first career preseason game ended early, as the New York Jets quarterback left Friday night's contest against the Detroit Lions after suffering an apparent right ankle injury.
Smith landed awkwardly on his ankle after attempting to slide down on a rollout run attempt on 2nd-and-9 early in the third quarter. The gain was called back because of an offensive hold, but Smith was in noticeable pain as he rose to his feet and started hobbling immediately to the sideline.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News noted that trainers attempted to treat the young quarterback's right ankle issue on the sidelines:
Actually, it appears like the Jets team trainer is examining Geno Smith's ankle and giving treatment with shoe off.#nyj— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) August 10, 2013
UPDATE: Thursday, Aug. 22
Seth Walder of the New York Daily News passes along a statement from Geno Smith following yesterday's practice:
The only issue standing between Smith and starting the Giants game is his ankle, and that is looking like less of a problem every day. His ankle injury, which was a visible hindrance the first couple of practices after he hurt it, is no longer apparent.
'It’s getting better,' Smith said. 'I wouldn’t say it’s 100 percent. I just got to continue to treat it every single day. Every day it has felt better than the previous day. I just got to continue to treat it and just get better. Last week I would say it hurt me a bit with velocity on my throws. I wasn’t able to step into it as much. This week has been better because now I’m able to plant that foot in the ground and explode off of it. So, I’ve been doing better with it.'
UPDATE: Tuesday, Aug. 20
Brian Costello of the New York Post confirms Geno Smith returned to yesterday's practice:
Smith moved better in practice yesterday than he has since suffering the injury on Aug. 9, but he still had a rough day to start off a crucial week in the competition to be the team’s starting quarterback.
During team drills with the starters, Smith went 1-for-6 with an interception...
... Smith appears to be trailing Mark Sanchez in the competition, but he has one last chance to make a big move on Saturday when the Jets face the Giants. Smith is expected to start, even though Ryan would not reveal his starter yesterday.
UPDATE: Sunday, Aug. 18
Gary Myers of the New York Daily News has the latest from Rex Ryan on Geno Smith's injury:
'[Rex] Ryan said it was a lot safer for Smith to practice on a bad ankle than to play in a game.
'There’s a big difference between being in a red jersey and being protected that way than there is being in a green and white jersey and live action coming at you,' Ryan said.
Smith said after the game that he is as close to 100% as he’s been since he was injured against the Lions 10 days ago. He said he was told Friday he would not play against Jacksonville.'
UPDATE: Saturday, Aug. 17
From Albert Breer of NFL.com:
Jets announce QB Geno Smith -- who injured his ankle last week, but practiced earlier this week -- won't play tonight.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 17, 2013
UPDATE: Wednesday, Aug. 14
From Seth Walder of the New York Daily News and Kimberley A. Martin of Newsday:
Rex doesn't rule out possibility Geno doesn't play Saturday because of his ankle. #nyj— Seth Walder (@SethWalderNYDN) August 14, 2013
Geno said his ankle isn't hindering him. But Rex thinks that's just "bravado." Adds it's clear Geno's not moving/driving ball the same #jets— Kimberley A. Martin (@KMart_LI) August 14, 2013
UPDATE: Sunday, Aug. 11
The New York Daily News' Manish Mehta has the latest from Geno Smith following today's practice:
I was slower. My ankle isn’t back to full strength yet, but I pushed through it. ... It’s just kind of sore and not very strong right now.
(Offensive coordinator) Marty (Mornhinweg) was staying on me and kept telling me, "Don’t limp." I was just trying to give it my best and continue to compete in practice.
When the play was called, it’s not like I can take myself out, so I can to work through it. You just got to push through it. It’s not going to be 100 percent. So you just got to push through it.
UPDATE: Sunday, Aug. 11:
The New York Daily News' Manish Mehta has the latest on Geno Smith from today's practice:
Geno Smith hooks up with Jeff Cumberland for a pair of TDs over Calvin Pace. Speaking of pace, teams sluggish today #nyj— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) August 11, 2013
Geno Smith with a terrible red zone INT. Cromartie easily picks it off in end zone #nyj— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) August 11, 2013
Great play by Geno and Konrad Reuland on a rollout 3yd TD. #nyj— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) August 11, 2013
Geno Smith said his MRi came back clean. Says it's not a sprain. Best "to push thru it" #nyj— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) August 11, 2013
UPDATE: Sunday, Aug. 11
The New York Daily News' Manish Mehta has the latest on Geno Smith:
The Jets QB competition lives! Geno Smith in pads and ready to roll, as they say. #nyj— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) August 11, 2013
Geno Smith was noticeably limping as he jogged into endzone on install. #nyj— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) August 11, 2013
Geno Smith looks a bit off on his drop backs as he plants and pushes off his gimpy right ankle (heavily taped). Still throwing nice ball— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) August 11, 2013
Geno Smith working with starters in team drills. Noticeably gimpy on drop backs. He does not look ready. #nyj— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) August 11, 2013
UPDATE: Saturday, Aug. 10
ESPN's Rich Cimini provides details on Geno Smith's injury:
Rookie quarterback Geno Smith suffered a mild ankle sprain in the New York Jets' preseason opener Friday night, a league source said Saturday. He's not expected to miss significant time, if any.
UPDATE: Saturday, Aug. 10
From New York Daily News reporter Manish Mehta:
Geno on rolling ankle: "I was in complete disbelief. I was hoping it wasn't significant, which it isn't." #nyj— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) August 10, 2013
Geno Smith says he would have continued playing if it were a regular season game. #nyj— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) August 10, 2013
The training staff's effort on the field proved futile, and they took him back to the locker room for further examination. While concerning, Mehta did note that Smith's prognosis did not seem overly dire:
Geno Smith's ankle injury didn't appear to be serious, but he's been taken in the locker room.#nyj— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) August 10, 2013
Smith, the Jets' second-round pick in April, was in the midst of his fourth drive of the night.
The former West Virginia standout was 6-of-7 for 47 yards before getting injured. His first two drives were with the first-team offense, with his last two coming with the second team. He failed to score on any of the drives, and he connected on just one pass longer than 10 yards—a 15-yard strike to Clyde Gates on his first pass.
A right-handed dual-threat QB who worked mostly out of the spread in college, Smith is embroiled in a competition with incumbent Mark Sanchez for the starting job. Sanchez completed 10 of 13 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown, connecting with Jeff Cumberland on a 26-yard seam route for New York's first score. He also began the game with an interception, allowing Lions first-round pick Ezekiel Ansah to record his first pick-six.
Smith was replaced in the game by Greg McElroy, who took over for Sanchez as the Jets starter late last season before getting injured.
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