CINCINNATI – Eric Smith walked gingerly around the visitor’s locker room, clearly hobbled by his left leg.
But the Jets safety still managed to crack a few smiles as he spoke to reporters following Friday night’s loss 17-6 loss to the Bengals.
“I don’t think it’s anything too serious,” said Smith, who is day-to-day after injuring his knee and hip on a second-quarter special teams play. “We’ll get it diagnosed tomorrow…and see where we go from there.”
Smith – who primarily played with the second-team defense and was with the starters in sub-packages – said his left leg “kind of got rolled up” when he tried to make a tackle on a Cincinnati punt return.
“I don’t really know (what happened),” said Smith, who was tended to by trainers on the field for several minutes.
A team spokesperson said Smith is day-to-day after X-rays on his left knee and hip came back negative. The safety said he underwent an MRI as well, but those results weren’t expected back until Saturday.
Smith said there was soreness and a little bit of swelling in his knee, but he wouldn’t speculate the extent of his injuries. Despite having arthroscopic surgery on the same knee during the offseason to repair a torn meniscus, he didn’t seem overly concerned about his latest setback.
This injury, he insisted, felt different.
Though Smith didn’t have a diagnosis immediately after the game, he said he expects the Jets to be cautious with his return given that's only August.