Broken ribs are healing well for New York Jets wide receiver Devin Smith who continues to make progress in his recovery as he nears a full return.
Smith suffered broken ribs several weeks ago in training camp and just now seems to be closing in on being available for a game sooner rather than later. The second round pick told Metro on Monday that his prognosis is improving and he even said he thinks there's a possibility of being in the mix to play on Sunday in the season opener against the Cleveland Browns.
"Really just individuals. Just getting back into the flow of everything," Smith told Metro about what he did on Monday. "Getting used to having the pads and helmet on. Taking it slow and really just taking it day-by-day and by the end of the week we'll make a decision if I play or not."
Smith had a sensational career at Ohio State and looked like the possible starter in the slot before he suffered the injury.
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He wouldn't speculate about whether he's healed enough to play on Sunday, only just that a decision will come later this week. During his press conference on Monday, head coach Todd Bowles said he didn't think Smith would be back and healthy.
The rookie said he won't push to come back earlier if it jeopardizes his health and long-term availability.
"Right now my main focus is my health right now. The last thing I want to do is go out there and thinking that I'm 100 percent and I'm not and get hurt and be out there longer," Smith said.
"Right now really just taking it slow. Really being honest with myself and these coaches. Really not push it so I don't hurt myself again."