Damien Woody didn't exactly get the news he was looking for today.
MRI results on the right tackle's right knee showed some damage that wasn't found in his original diagnosis of a sprained MCL. So Woody is scheduled to undergo an arthroscopic procedure to clean out his knee Wednesday morning, leaving him definitely out for this week's matchup with the Steelers in Pittsburgh.
"I just decided that it would be good to go in there and clean some stuff out," Woody said, "and get back as soon as possible."
Woody, who left early in the first quarter of yesterday's 10-6 loss to the Dolphins at New Meadowlands Stadium and didn't return after getting replaced by reserve Wayne Hunter, said there's no specific timetable for his return. There's a chance he could miss all three of the Jets' remaining regular-season games as he recovers.
"It’s too early to tell right now," Woody said. "It's just all about how I react to rehab, but I’m definitely going to push to get back as soon as possible."
"These things, it could be wide ranging," he added. "Like I said, just knowing myself, I’m going to try to get back as soon as possible. ... They haven’t set a timetable or anything like that. We are going to get it done and then we are just going to see how it responds after that."
Woody was initially injured in the Jets' 30-27 victory over the Texans on Nov. 21. He hasn't practiced in full since then, but still played against Cincinnati four days later and then against New England last Monday.
A few plays into yesterday's game, his knee locked up on him and he couldn't go any longer. So, did playing these last two-plus games make it worse?
"I don’t know if it necessarily made it worse," he said. "It might have been one of those deals where you overcompensate because of one injury and other things happen or whatever. But I don’t really know exactly what the deal is.
"It’s just one of those situations again where they just want to go in and clean it up because I can‘t keep going week-to-week like this, especially not being able to finish a game. It’s something we decided it’s in the best interest to just go in and get it done."
--* In other injury news, Rex Ryan said S Eric Smith (concussion) is probably out for Sunday's game. He's also anticipating S James Ihedigbo (knee) will be able to play.
"He did some running," Ryan said. "He did some change-of-direction stuff Sunday, so I'm hopeful that he'll be ready to go."