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Rex: Geno Smith’s “brutal” day could be ankle-related

Geno Smith

New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith watches from the sidelines against the Detroit Lions in the first half of a preseason NFL football game in Detroit, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)


Round Two in the Jets quarterback competition could go to Mark Sanchez by default.

Rookie Geno Smith has had a shaky week after spraining his ankle, and Jets coach Rex Ryan said there was a chance Smith might not play against the Jaguars this week.

“Well, I guess, we’ll see how it goes,” Ryan said, via Seth Walder of the New York Daily News. “He’s been out there practicing, working through things, . . . but that could be a possibility.”

Smith had just completed a bad practice, throwing four interceptions, raising the question of how much is related to the ankle. He shrugged off that suggestion, but Ryan admitted it could be a factor.

“It was brutal. It was Geno’s worst day. I think, and obviously, the ankle’s part of it, but, . . .way too many picks and things. Did not look comfortable today,” Ryan said. “Obviously he has to come back from it, he will come back from it. It was a bad day. Everybody, we’ve seen it, guys have bad days. But this was a really bad day for Geno. . . .

“I don’t think he’s at 100%. I don’t believe he’s close to 100% right now, but again, that doesn’t mean we have a few more days, that it can’t get a lot better. We’ve seen these type of injuries get better in a hurry, so we’ll see how it goes.”

Of course, his ankle could magically feel better if Sanchez throws another pick-six on his first attempt against the Jaguars.