Saturday August 1st, 2015

New York Jets rookie wide receiver Devin Smith sustained broken ribs and a partially punctured lung on Friday and will miss four to six weeks, according to ESPN.

Smith, the Jets’ second-round draft pick this year out of Ohio State, was injured while making a difficult catch off a deflected football during the team’s second practice of training camp. While coming down with the ball, he was struck in the head/neck area and was slow to get up.

Smith spent the night in the hospital as a precaution, the team said.

“Hopefully, he comes back sooner than that,” head coach Todd Bowles said. “These types of things happen. It was a freak accident. We'll try to get him back as fast as we can, but we want him to be healthy.”

Smith was battling for the No. 3 wide receiver spot with Jeremy Kerley, behind Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker.

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Over four seasons at Ohio State, Smth caught 121 passes for 2,503 yards and 30 touchdowns. He was a honorable mention All-Big Ten selection in 2014 after catching 33 passes for a team-high 931 yards and 12 touchdowns. Those 28.2 yards per reception set an Ohio State single-season record.

Mike Fiammetta

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