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Brad Smith inactive for Jets vs. Patriots

The Jets will be without one of their best playmakers when they take on the Patriots today in New England.

Brad Smith, the Jets’ versatile return man/receiver/running back/Wildcat quarterback, is inactive.

That’s a major blow for the Jets, who will now turn to Antonio Cromartie as their kickoff returner and likely scrap a lot of the gadget plays that involve Smith taking the snap.

The Jets’ other inactives are third quarterback Kellen Clemens, running back John Conner, tight end Jeff Cumberland, defensive end Marcus Dixon, defensive end Vernon Gholston, defensive tackle Jarron Gilbert and Matthew Mulligan.

The Patriots’ inactives are defensive back Tony Carter, running back Thomas Clayton, tackle Mark LeVoir, linebacker Marques Murrell, guard Rich Ohrnberger, receiver Taylor Price, defensive tackle Myron Pryor and running back Fred Taylor.

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21 Responses to “Brad Smith inactive for Jets vs. Patriots”
  1. jaggedmark says: Jan 16, 2011 3:11 PM

    Wow, that’s BIG news!

  2. commoncents says: Jan 16, 2011 3:12 PM

    I would rather he play than give the jet fans yet another excuse.

  3. tiffpats4eva says: Jan 16, 2011 3:13 PM


  4. richm2256 says: Jan 16, 2011 3:15 PM

    The excuse making machine is all oiled and ready.

    No Wildcat, huh? And that’s worked so well for the Yets the last 6,000 times they’ve used it.

    “Gadget plays” aren’t going to get you through two rounds to the Super Bowl, Yets fans. Solid run blocking and completed passes will.

    Won’t see many of either today from Gang Green.

  5. j0esixpack says: Jan 16, 2011 3:19 PM

    That Vernon Gholston pick sure worked out well for the Jets

  6. mataug says: Jan 16, 2011 3:19 PM

    Is Vernon Gholston injured or a healthy scratch ?

  7. luponatrix says: Jan 16, 2011 3:20 PM

    What a shame – Smith has great feet.

  8. nyjalleffingday says: Jan 16, 2011 3:22 PM

    At least those dumb wildcat plays won’t disrupt the flow of our offense, for once. BS’s special teams abilities will be missed.

  9. nepatriots128154 says: Jan 16, 2011 3:26 PM

    I would say it’s I’m bummed he can’t play, but that would be a lie.

  10. Moonman says: Jan 16, 2011 3:27 PM

    This is more of a big deal than it appears to be, as Smith notes here. Watching this guy play every week is a delight. He can return, catch passes as a slot OR vertical threat, run the WildCat efficiently and threaten to throw….

    Too bad.

  11. bspurloc says: Jan 16, 2011 3:27 PM



    hey have a chance to win now since they wont be throwing away 2nd down witht he stupid seminole which 100% creates 3rd and long.

  12. cletusvandam says: Jan 16, 2011 3:33 PM

    this is huge! I mean who are going to give his 4 touches to?

  13. commoncents says: Jan 16, 2011 3:41 PM

    I don’t wanna play either.

  14. FinFan68 says: Jan 16, 2011 3:45 PM

    Foot injury?

  15. picksix401 says: Jan 16, 2011 3:47 PM

    YES! great news.. this guy possibly might have had the potential to maybe be somewhat dangerous on a play or two this afternoon; now us patriots fans can breathe easy

  16. all4patriots says: Jan 16, 2011 3:49 PM

    now somebody can really zero in on Cromartie (legally) on a return

  17. nflwatcher says: Jan 16, 2011 3:50 PM

    I hate to be a worried wart, but I would feel more comfortable if Fred Taylor was active just in case.

  18. hobartbaker says: Jan 16, 2011 3:57 PM

    Uh, oh, now they’re going to have to give the bulk of the snaps to that Mexican kid.

  19. countsnail says: Jan 16, 2011 4:29 PM

    So their best QB is injured?

  20. dakotah55 says: Jan 16, 2011 5:12 PM

    At this point is it just piling on to point out that Vernon Gholston is a huge bust?

  21. terpface says: Jan 16, 2011 6:24 PM

    oh no. whos going to hand the ball of from the pistol formation?

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