NFL news: Geno Smith will start week 2 for Jets, Shane Vereen has surgery

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Mark Sanchez continues to deal with injury while the rookie's ascention begins.

Geno Smith's first start for the New York Jets wasn't world-beating, but he did enough to secure a win with a little help from Lavonte DavidNow Smith has been given a second opportunity to show he can lead the offense, this time against the division rival New England Patriots.

Sunday's reports indicated that Mark Sanchez was behind his rehabilitation timeline and the Jets' quarterback would seek a second opinion amid fears of a partially torn labrum. Jets' head coach Rex Ryan refuted the claim, however, telling the media there has been no setback.

Smith finished Sunday's game completing 63.2 percent of his passes, throwing one touchdown to cancel out an interception for a final quarterback rating of 80.6.

Shane Vereen has wrist surgery

The New England Patriots were able to showcase a high-powered offense against Buffalo in the first week of the season, but that trend might not continue. Running back Shane Vereen underwent surgery Monday to repair a fractured wrist and he's expected to miss several weeks as a result. Vereen was the Patriots' best weapon yesterday as he gained 101 yards on the ground, adding another 58 through the air.

The Patriots will turn their sights to Stevan Ridley in his absence, which could be a scary prospect due to Ridley's propensity to fumble.

Steelers sign Fernando Velasco

Pittsburgh moved quickly to fill the void left by Maurkice Pouncey after the star center was injured in yesterday's loss to the Tennessee Titans. Fernando Velasco has started 19 games in his six-year career since being signed by Tennesee as an undrafted free agent in 2008.

He will work with Cody Wallace while the Steelers' coaching staff decides who to start this week.

Tony Romo X-rays are negative

The Dallas Cowboys caught a break with news that X-rays were negative on the ribs of quarterback Tony Romo.

Romo left the game shortly before the half with signs of discomfort and relied on short passing for much of the game. It's unclear whether the passing changes were by design or a product of the injury, but the Cowboys will have Romo when they face the Kansas City Chiefs this week.

Cliff Avril on track to start week 2 for Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks won a close game against the Carolina Panthers and will get back pass rusher Cliff Avril when they face the San Francisco 49ers this week.

Arvil's presence is much-needed as Seattle struggled to pressure Cam Newton. The defense managed to sack the Panthers' quarterback once, despite playing against a weak offensive line.

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