EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Jets' plan for selecting a starting quarterback took another hit Saturday night, as rookie Geno Smith (ankle) was declared inactive against the Jaguars.
It came as no surprise, as Smith wasn't able to participate Thursday in a light practice. He was limited to riding a stationary bike. The Jets look bad because they allowed Smith to practice four days last week on a mildly sprained ankle, culminating Wednesday with his "brutal" practice (Rex Ryan's word). The original plan was to start Smith in the second preseason game, but that got blown up because they mishandled his injury.
If the Jets want to prolong the quarterback competition, they'll have to give Smith extended time next week against the Giants -- and that could be a setback for the entire offense. Traditionally, teams finalize their starting lineups for the third preseason game.
Other players out with injuries: P Robert Malone (back), RB Joe McKnight (head), RB Lex Hilliard (ribs), LB Josh Mauga (back), C Dalton Freeman (ankle), G Brian Winters (ankle) and DT Kenrick Ellis (back).