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Sunday, December 12, 2010
Smith suffers possible concussion

By Rich Cimini

The injuries continue to pile up for the New York Jets at the safety position. Eric Smith suffered a possible concussion in the third quarter of Sunday's 10-6 loss to the Miami Dolphins, and he didn't return to the game.

The Jets need to be cautious with Smith because of his history of concussions. He suffered two concussions in the 2008 season.

They already were down two safeties Sunday -- Jim Leonhard (broken leg, out for the season) and James Ihedigbo (sprained knee, ankle). There's a chance Ihedigbo could return next Sunday to face the Pittsburgh Steelers. If not, they'll have to start Brodney Pool and converted CB Dwight Lowery or newly-signed Emmanuel Cook.

Other injuries: RT Damien Woody aggravated his right knee and will have an MRI Monday morning. RB Shonn Greene suffered an unspecified neck injury, but it's not serious.

LT'S STRUGGLES: Two months ago, LaDainian Tomlison appeared to be a shoo-in for a 1,000-yard season. Now, who knows? In his last eight games, he has rushed for only 402 yards, bringing his total to 837 with three games to go. At his recent pace, he's not going to make it.

TAYLOR MADE: As promised, OLB Jason Taylor received additional playing time. How'd it go? Not great. Facing his old team for the second time, Taylor recorded one QB hit, one fumble recovery and one pass break-up. Actually, it could've been an interception, but he dropped it.

MOST VALUABLE FOOT: The game's MVP might have been Dolphins P Brandon Fields. He averaged 56.4 yards on 10 punts. According to ProFootball-Reference.com, that's the best gross punting average by any player with that many punts in a game since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970.

"I tip my hat to their punter," Rex Ryan said. "I thought he was a big difference in this game. He punted them out of (poor) field position a lot of times."

WINNING UGLY: Dolphins QB Chad Henne won despite going 5-for-18 passing (27.7 completion percentage) by a Miami quarterback in a win since David Woodley (26.7 percent) in 1980, according to ProFootball-Reference.com. That's based on a minimum of 15 attempts.

STUCK ON NINE: Winning No. 10 hasn't been easy for the Jets. In 2008, they got to 9-5 -- and dropped the final two games of the season. In 2009, they finished 9-7, winning the ninth in the final game. This season, they went to 9-2, and have dropped two in a row.

THIS AND THAT: In a surprise move, the Jets used CB Antonio Cromartie on WR Brandon Marshall, not Darrelle Revis. That Marshall has been slowed by a hamstring probably factored into the decision. Revis and Cromartie did their jobs, holding Marshall and Devone Bess to a combined three catches for 22 yards ... RB Joe McKnight saw a handful of plays on offense, his first non-garbage time action of his rookie season. Split out wide, he caught one pass for five yards ... Rookie John Conner saw no time at fullback -- a first ... The Jets' running game was brutal. On first down, they ran 18 times for only 48 yards.