Source: Eric Smith sprains MCL

Updated: August 12, 2012, 4:18 PM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

CORTLAND, N.Y. -- New York Jets safety Eric Smith, a key backup and a valuable special teams player, sprained the MCL in his left knee Friday night and likely will miss the remainder of the preseason, a league source confirmed Saturday.

Smith, hurt while covering a punt in the second quarter of the Jets' 17-6 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, underwent an MRI and had X-rays taken for knee and hip injuries.

After the game, the team announced that the X-rays were negative and ...

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