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Concussion Forces Jets’ Smith To Sit Against Steelers

Eric Smith (credit: Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Eric Smith (credit: Doug Benc/Getty Images)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Safety Eric Smith will miss the New York Jets’ game at Pittsburgh on Sunday while recovering from a concussion.

Smith, who has had at least two previous concussions, was hurt in the Jets’ 10-6 loss to the Miami Dolphins last Sunday. Coach Rex Ryan says Wednesday that he doesn’t “believe” Smith will play against the Steelers (10-3), leaving the Jets (9-4) short-handed again at safety.

Ryan says cornerback Dwight Lowery will move to safety full time, and the Jets are hoping to have James Ihedigbo (right ankle/knee) back after missing a game.

Right tackle Damien Woody also has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his injured right knee, and “he’s doing fine,” Ryan said. Woody could miss the rest of the regular season.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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