More bad news comes from the sidelines of the New York Jets. Wide receiver Devin Smith has been diagnosed with a torn ACL on April 17th and is out for the entire season. The injury possibly took place on the first day of the offseason program for the Jets. Dr. Parekh has stated that he will be out anywhere between nine and 11 months.
Even though Smith tore it on the 17th, the Jets waited until the end of the draft to make their announcement. In just 16 months, Smith will be recovering from his second right knee surgery.
“It’s bad luck and bad timing because the kid worked so hard to get back,” coach Todd Bowles said.
Smith is an early second-round selection out of Ohio State University. He showed his 4.42 speed and averaged 28.2 yards per catch, and 54.5 percent of his catches were for 25-plus yards in 2014. Interesting enough, Devin Smith played in every game in his four-year collegiate career (54) and started 33 of them. However, it didn’t take him long before he went down with an injury in his rookie season.
He would fracture his ribs on the second day of training camp but would work his way into the rotation, and then late in the 2015 season, he would go down with torn knee ligaments. Smith did not return until midway through 2016. At this point, Devin Smith has only played 14 games and has ten receptions for 135 yards and one touchdown.
It is possible that Smith injured his knee before the official workout began. “He had been around, working and training, but at the first [session] he experienced a situation with his knee,” general manager Mike Maccagnan said. “We examined him before he went out.” The MRI came up as a torn knee ligament.