Jun 7, 2012; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan (right) watches practice while quarterback Tim Tebow (15) and safety Eric Smith (center) talk during the New York Jets organized team activities at the Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE
Jets S Eric Smith suffered an MCL injury and will miss the rest of the preseason. We break down the fantasy implications.
According to the New York Daily News, New York Jets S Eric Smith will miss the rest of the preseason with a left MCL sprain. Smith reportedly injured the knee making a tackle on punt coverage. An MRI later revealed no serious damage, and he should be ready to go for the regular season.
Analysis: Smith is only listed third on the depth chart behind LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell, but he was expected to split carries with Bell, spell the injury-prone Landry and be a valuable contributor on special teams. So while there's not much fantasy interest here, he is an important role player in New York's secondary. His injury leaves the Jets thin at safety, but it's not a torn MCL, and barring a recovery setback, he's not expected to miss any significant time in the regular season.