Stephen Hill, Eric Smith, and Kendrick Ellis Injury Updates

The New York Jets are receiving some bad news on the injury front, with only one piece of good news to help them in the interim. Rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill is the de facto No. 1 receiver after the season-ending Lisfranc injury to Santonio Holmes, so having him healthy and playing next week against the Indianapolis Colts is paramount.

According to ESPN’s Rich Cimini, Rex Ryan has stated that Hill will play against the Colts. The former Georgia Tech standout has been suffering from a hamstring injury and put up goose eggs after catching five passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns in a breakout performance against the Buffalo Bills to open the season. There is no denying his talent, but Hill was inconsistent in the other two games he played in. Having him back is huge for the Jets, and he did reportedly play well in practice yesterday.

Safety Eric Smith sprained his knee in practice yesterday and will likely not play against the Colts this weekend. He isn’t even a good player anyway, so the Jets won’t miss their third safety behind veterans LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell too much.

Per Manish Mehta, nose tackle Kendrick Ellis will likely be out for 4-6 weeks with what head coach Rex Ryan calls a “significant” knee injury after it was first thought he would be out for up to four weeks. The Jets run defense has been uncharacteristically poor this season, but Ellis has been a bright spot against the run. Losing him forces a UDFA into the mix, and it is the most significant news for the Jets on the injury front. It just keeps getting worse for our division rivals.

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