New York Jets rookie wide receiver Devin Smith sustained broken ribs on Friday and will miss the majority of training camp.
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.”
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