Geno Smith out Saturday for Jets

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

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Geno Smith is out for the Jets second preseason game against the Jaguars. (USATSI)

No huge surprise here, but the Jets won't have Geno Smith playing in their second preseason game when they face the Jaguars on Saturday night.

The Jags-Jets matchup -- a stinker on paper if there's ever been one -- actually had a sneaky-high level of intrigue with Blaine Gabbert/Chad Henne and Geno/Mark Sanchez battling it out to start for a pair of teams destined for the early portion of the 2013 NFL Draft.

But Geno suffered an ankle injury during the Jets first preseason game against the Lions and won't be taking the field as a result. Rex Ryan hinted at this earlier in the week that Smith could miss Saturday night's game when he referred to Smith's Wednesday practice session as "brutal."

No Geno means plenty of time for Sanchez to cement the starting job. Jacksonville's defense was impressive their first time out in the preseason against the Dolphins.

But if Sanchez can put a dent in the Jags secondary he could also put a major dent in John Idzik's hopes of having his rookie steal the starting job in the preseason. It would also give Ryan precisely what he appears to want: the Sanchize stealing the show and giving the coach/quarterback combo one more shot at redemption.

Seeing how that works out should at the very least be entertaining.

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