Smith was the Jets' top kickoff returner, bringing back two for touchdowns in the regular season. He also is a potent weapon in the run game as an option quarterback in their Wildcat-style offense.
Newsworthy for the Patriots is that tight end Aaron Hernandez is active after missing the last two regular-season games with a hip injury.
Here are the rest of Sunday's scratches:
New York Jets
Quarterback Kellen Clemens
Fullback John Conner
Tight end Matthew Mulligan
Tight end Jeff Cumberland
Defensive tackle Marcus Dixon
Defensive tackle Jarron Gilbert
Outside linebacker Vernon Gholston
New England Patriots