Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 8/12/12

New York Jets safety Eric Smith left last night's preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals with an apparent knee injury. Eric Smith appears to have sustained an MCL sprain, as reported by Jenny Vrentas of the Star-Ledger. The Jets bolstered their safety position over the offseason with LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell, plus 2012 NFL Draft picks Josh Bush and Antonio Allen, but Eric Smith is still a vital part of the defense. Eric Smith is expected to miss the rest of the preseason.

With Eric Smith likely out for the rest of the New York Jets preseason schedule, expect Antonio Allen and Josh Bush to see more reps with the first team. The Jets are trying to manage LaRon Landry as he returns from his Achilles injury and will need to give him rest so that he can be on schedule for the start of the regular season. The Jets are targeting the start of the regular season with Eric Smith's recovery as well.

Eric Smith has been tasked with getting LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell up to speed. He is the communicator on the back end of the defense as well as an essential piece of the Jets special teams units. Eric Smith is known as a Mike Westhoff favorite for his intelligence and toughness.

Eric Smith took a lot of heat for his issues in coverage last season. It was later revealed that he played a good chunk of the season with a torn meniscus, plus the fact that the lack of a pass rush up front led to the secondary being exposed so often. The Jets are hoping Eric Smith will be ready to go week one versus the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium.

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