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Brad Smith nursing groin injury

New York Jets' Brad Smith (16) dashes past

New York Jets' Brad Smith (16) dashes past Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin on his way to taking the opening kickoff for a touchdown. (Dec. 19, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

The Jets might be without their "Wildcat" offense in Sunday's divisional playoff game at New England. Brad Smith suffered a groin injury in the wild-card game at Indianapolis and has yet to practice this week.

"Hopefully, I can get out [Thursday] and see how it feels," Smith said on Wednesday. "We've got to be smart with it. Muscle injuries are tricky. I'm just going to trust in the trainers, trust in God and hope for the best. But mentally, I'm preparing to play."

At the very least, Smith figures he has to practice by Friday to play, whether it's in the "Wildcat" offense or as a kickoff returner. Antonio Cromartie proved himself a more-than-capable substitute for Smith on the returns, but the Jets don't have a "Wildcat" without Smith. "We'll see," Smith said. "I'm on the trainer's schedule."

Here's the official injury report:

Jets -- Out: OT Damien Woody (Achilles surgery); Did Not Practice: OG Brandon Moore (back); WR Brad Smith (groin), WR Patrick Turner (illness); Limited Practice: WR Santonio Holmes (quad), S James Ihedigbo (knee/ankle), CB Darrelle Revis (hamstring); Full Practice: CB Antonio Cromartie (groin), TE Ben Hartsock(back), C Nick Mangold (shoulder), DT Sione Pouha(back), FB Tony Richardson(finger), QB Mark Sanchez (shoulder), LB Bryan Thomas (ankle).

Patriots -- DNP: DE Myron Pryor (back): LP: LB Tully Banta-Cain (calf), WR Deion Branch (knee), DE Jermaine Cunningham (groin), TE Aaron Hernandez (hip), DE Eric Moore (hamstring), OT Sebastian Vollmer (shin); FP: LB Kyle Arrington (elbow), QB Tom Brady (Right shoulder/foot).
 

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