That was only part of the somber news.
Perhaps intent on countering the somber mood, Smith assumed an upbeat tone on Monday.
"Guys, again, the sky is not falling, OK?" Smith told reporters.
Ryan wore street clothes and protected his turf toe injury by wearing a walking boot on the sideline on Sunday. The boot sat empty at Ryan's locker on Monday.
Ryan wasn't available for interviews. Smith said he hopes Ryan, who hurt his right big toe two weeks ago, will participate in the team's first practice of the week on Wednesday.
"Of course we're encouraged because we're going to get a chance to see Matt out there on Wednesday," Smith said.
When asked again about Ryan, Smith was less firm when he said "We're hoping to see where he's at on Wednesday. If he can come out and participate, then he's going to come out and participate."
Smith said the team's medical staff was encouraged by Ryan's progress last week.
Backup Chris Redman threw two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, in his first start since 2007.
"We've got an injury list right now that is pretty long," Smith said.
Turner offered a quick update on Monday, saying only "I'm better."
"Oh man, I don't know," White said on Monday. "That was a tough loss for us. We've just got to get everybody together and keep practicing and go out there and try to fight our way to a victory. Man, hopefully we get some of our guys back this week and get everything back together and try to win us a game."
Smith said he told his players to wipe away the loss like water off a windshield.
"I think it's an anomaly the way we played yesterday," Smith said. "That's how I look at it and as I told the guys when we finished our meetings today, I wanted them to be kind of like a windshield wiper and just kind of wash that game right out of their mindset. We needed to move on and put that behind us as quickly as possible so we can get ready for New Orleans."
Smith demonstrated by moving his arm like a windshield wiper.
"It was tough," White said. "I can't recall the last time we got beat like that, so soundly. They did a good job. They came in here with a great game plan and they executed their game plan and we didn't."
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