The New York Jets announced rookie wide receiver Devin Smith was taken to a local hospital after suffering broken ribs during practice July 31. Dom Cosentino of NJ Advance Media reported Smith also punctured his lung.
“It’s not physical,” Bowles said of the decision not to activate Smith in Week 2, per Daniel Popper of the New York Daily News. “It’s just a matter of numbers.”
Dennis Waszak Jr. of the Associated Press passed along word of Smith's return to practice earlier this month, saying he was taking part in individual drills, while the Jets shared video from the session:
Immediately following the injury, ESPN.com's Ohm Youngmisuk described what was likely the cause of the injury:
Rookie wide receiver Devin Smith drew cheers when he managed to haul in a deflected pass while in the air for an impressive catch on Friday.
But as Smith came down while making the catch over cornerback Marcus Williams, the receiver was bumped from behind in the head/neck area by safety Jaiquawn Jarrett and was slow to get up. Not long after his best play of camp, Smith was taken inside for a further look.
New York surely has big expectations for Smith in 2015 after selecting him with the 37th pick in this year's draft. His speed will undoubtedly bring a new dimension to the Jets passing game.