Hunched ever so slightly, the Jets rookie quarterback looked far from 100 percent Sunday as he plodded through practice two days after suffering an ankle injury in Friday night’s preseason game in Detroit.
But despite limping throughout the team’s two-hour practice, Smith proved his arm was still on point. Save for the interception he threw into the hands of Antonio Cromartie in the back of the end zone, the rookie was 7-for-10 with four touchdowns and a sack.
“Obviously, the ankle isn’t full strength right now,” said Smith, who took first-team reps Sunday. “But I felt pretty good out there. It’s just something that you’ve got to work past, you’ve got to get through.”
PANTHERS: Panthers coach Ron Rivera says backup fullback Mike Zordich has torn the ACL in his left knee and will be placed on injured reserve. Rivera also says cornerback James Dockery broke his thumb during the game and will need surgery but should return in a couple weeks. The team is waiting to hear on the extent of the shoulder injury suffered by backup offensive tackle Bruce Campbell.
Rivera also says wide receiver Armanti Edwards strained his hamstring and could miss a few practices.
COWBOYS: Long snapper Jackson Anderson was released. He was replaced with P.J. Mangieri and the team signed kicker Brett Maher.
All three players are rookie free agents. Maher is a kicker and punter who gives the Cowboys another preseason option after they released Spencer Benton last week.
Dallas is set with Dan Bailey at kicker and Chris Jones at punter. Jones won the job in training camp last year but injured a knee four games into the season and didn’t return. Bailey was the only kicker on the roster for Friday’s preseason loss at Oakland.
GIANTS: Tom Coughlin had concerns about the New York Giants’ running game heading into the season and nothing has changed after the first preseason game. The running game averaged a dismal 2.54 yards on 33 attempts in the 18-13 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday night.
The first-team defense was shaky in its brief stint against one of the NFL’s hard-nosed rushing attacks.
Before getting overly concerned, the Giants had some excuses. The offensive line played without starting right guard Chris Snee (hip) and his backup James Brewer (concussion).
BROWNS: Former quarterback Bernie Kosar has been told to watch his words.
On Sunday, team CEO Joe Banner condemned Kosar for harsh on-air comments he made about the St. Louis Rams during Thursday night’s TV broadcast of their exhibition opener against Cleveland.
Kosar, working as an analyst, was brutal in his assessment of third-string quarterback Kellen Clemens, the Rams’ receivers and receivers coach Ray Sherman.
Banner said Kosar’s conduct was unacceptable.
“We don’t condone the personal and unprofessional approach that Bernie took with some of his comments during the broadcast Thursday night,” Banner said in a statement released by the team.
The Browns said Kosar called Rams coach Jeff Fisher personally and apologized Sunday. The Browns also said Kosar will continue to work the preseason games along with play-by-play announcer Jim Donovan.