Jets safety Smith sidelined because of concussion

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Safety Eric Smith will miss the New York Jets' game Sunday at Pittsburgh while recovering from a concussion.

Smith, who has had at least two previous concussions, was hurt during the Jets' 10-6 loss to the Miami Dolphins last Sunday. Coach Rex Ryan said 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 said cornerback Dwight Lowery will move to safety full time, and the Jets are hoping to have James Ihedigbo (right ankle/knee) back after he missed one 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.

The Jets on Wednesday waived wide receiver Patrick Turner, who played in five games after New York claimed him off waivers from Miami on Sept. 5. It was Turner who collided Dec. 3 with safety Jim Leonhard when they went up for a pass in practice. Leonhard suffered a broken right leg that required surgery and was placed on injured reserve.

Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press

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