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Geno Smith and his gimpy ankle return to Jets practice

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Geno Smith returned to practice Sunday. (USATSI)
Geno Smith returned to practice Sunday. (USATSI)

After spraining his ankle vs. the Lions, Jets quarterback Geno Smith returned to practice Sunday. Which means that the competition for the starting quarterback job against Mark Sanchez is still on.

Whether he should have been out there, well, that's a different story.

Smith reportedly limped through part of the practice, but he kept on going.

Afterward, he told reporters that the MRI on his ankle came back negative, that he didn't have a sprain, and that it was best “to push through it.”

Perhaps it's because, in part, Sanchez actually played pretty well in the team's first preseason contest (aside from a horrible interception that was returned for a touchdown), going 10 of 13 for 125 yards and a touchdown.

Meanwhile, Smith didn't look quite as good. He completed 6 of 7 passes for 47 yards but he didn't move the ball as smoothly as Sanchez, and once he turned his ankle while cutting during a scramble, he didn't return to the game.

Wrote CBSSports.com's Rob Rang: “While there were moments worthy of applaud for Smith, most of his throws were of the underneath variety. He frequently checked down and took safe throws rather than push the ball downfield. Smith frustrated scouts by doing precisely this during West Virginia's tailspin in 2012.”

Though he appeared a little gimpy Sunday, Smith reportedly threw the ball well for most of the day. And perhaps showed some toughness?

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