Wednesday Oct. 8, 2008
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- The NFL has denied Eric Smith's appeal
and the New York Jets safety will sit out Sunday's game against
Cincinnati. The league suspended Smith for one game and fined him
$50,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Arizona's Anquan Boldin.
The scary play occurred near the end of New York's 56-35 win on
September 28th. Smith appealed the decision and insisted there was
no malicious intent on his part. The league contends Smith committed a flagrant violation of player safety rules and that Boldin was in a defenseless position when contact was made. Boldin is out indefinitely after having surgery to repair a sinus fracture.
Smith started three of the Jets' first four games. Coach Eric
Mangini says Smith will be replaced by a combination of Abram Elam, the only other safety listed on the roster, and cornerbacks David Barrett and Hank Poteat.
Smith was briefly knocked unconscious by the hit and felt groggy
afterward, but Mangini expects the safety to play against Oakland
when he's eligible to return on October 19th.
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