NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)Joe Namath on Tuesday apologized to Geno Smith on Twitter after implying the Jets quarterback was soft for not trying to play through what turned out to be a season-ending knee injury.

“If you’ve got a right knee injury keeping you out of the game why are you standing on the sideline the entire 2nd half?” Broadway Joe tweeted during Sunday’s Jets-Ravens game. “How bad can it be?”

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A few hours later, that comment elicited a response from Smith.

“Somebody tell Joe that the doctors have the final say on whether you can or cannot get back into the game…… and also that I love him!” Smith tweeted.

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The Jets answered Namath’s question — “how bad can it be?” — on Monday when they announced Smith had suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and would miss the rest of the season.

That clearly left Namath feeling a bit foolish.

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“My bad Geno,” the outspoken Jets legend then wrote on Twitter. “In the dark ages we players had the say. I hope you heal and play as long as you choose!”