Jets’ Geno Smith Returns to Practice After Injury

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New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith was back at practice yesterday, two days after injuring his ankle in a preseason loss to the Detroit Lions.

Smith, a second-round pick of the Jets in this year’s National Football League draft, is competing with Mark Sanchez for the team’s starting job. He left during the third quarter of the Jets’ 26-17 loss to the Lions on Aug. 9 after an undisclosed injury to his right ankle.

“The ankle isn’t full strength right now, but I felt pretty good out there,” Smith said after yesterday’s practice. “I was limping a little bit. It’s just something that you’ve got to work past, you’ve got to get through.”

Smith, who completed six of seven passes for 47 yards against the Lions, said he felt it was important to get back on the practice field with his teammates.

“I pride myself on being out there at all times and one little ankle injury wasn’t going to keep me from practicing and competing,” Smith told reporters.

The Jets’ next preseason game is Aug. 17 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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