CINCINNATI -- It apparently takes a lot to shock Victor Cruz.

At a time in the NFL when players are suspended for deflating footballs, losing fingers from fireworks explosions and participating in brawls during joint practices, Cruz said it was only "a little surprising" to hear news of Geno Smith's broken jaw at the hands of a teammate in his own locker room.

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"Obviously being in a locker room you never expect something like that would happen, but, you know, nothing surprises me in this day and age anymore, man," he said. "It's unfortunate for Geno, it's unfortunate for the Jets staff and organization. It's something you never want to see happen, something you never want to see go down in a locker room on any team let alone your in-state rivals."

Smith is expected to miss 6-10 weeks, which means he could conceivably be back in time to face the Giants in a regular-season matchup on Dec. 6. Cruz seemed to welcome that idea.

"Hopefully he gets to recover quickly so he can get back out there and help his team," Cruz said.