NFL notes: Jets' Smith returns to practice after ankle injury
Geno Smith gingerly took a few steps on the practice field, his ankle clearly bothering him, when Marty Mornhinweg yelled over to him.
"Don't limp! Don't limp!" the New York Jets offensive coordinator implored the rookie quarterback.
Smith did all he could not to, fully participating in practice and looking mostly sharp Sunday despite a sore right ankle that shortened his NFL debut at Detroit on Friday night.
"He's going to coach me hard, and he's going to coach all of us hard," Smith said. "That's the way he is, he's an old-school coach. He told me about Brett Favre and the way he played pretty much through every single injury.
"So I try to be the same way."
Smith was cleared for practice by the Jets' trainers Sunday morning after twisting the ankle on a play in the third quarter of the New York's 26-17 loss. He was rolling out with the ball and took an odd step.
On Sunday, Smith appeared a bit hobbled when he dropped back to pass on some plays, saying he was "slower" than usual, but was pretty mobile and accurate on rollouts during practice.
The Browns have told former quarterback Bernie Kosar to "watch his words."
On Sunday, team CEO Joe Banner condemned Kosar for harsh on-air comments he made about the St. Louis Rams during Thursday night's TV broadcast of their exhibition opener against Cleveland.
Kosar, working as an analyst, was brutal in his assessment of third-string quarterback Kellen Clemens, the Rams' receivers and receivers coach Ray Sherman.
Banner said Kosar's conduct was unacceptable.
"We don't condone the personal and unprofessional approach that Bernie took with some of his comments during the broadcast Thursday night," Banner said in a statement released by the team. "We've spoken to Bernie, he understands that, and we would expect the situation is resolved moving forward. We've also reached out to the Rams organization and have shared those same sentiments."
The Browns said Kosar called Rams coach Jeff Fisher personally and apologized Sunday. The Browns also said Kosar will continue to work the preseason games along with play-by-play announcer Jim Donovan.
Kosar, who is scheduled to work this Thursday's telecast of the Browns' home game against Detroit, did not immediately return messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.
Around the league
Vikings • Rookie defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd says an MRI on Sunday showed no damage to his left knee, and he's ready to return to practice. Floyd twisted the knee during a preseason loss to the Texans on Friday.
Ravens • Baltimore bolstered its receiving corps, agreeing in principle to a contract with free agent tight end Dallas Clark and signing wideout Brandon Stokley to a one-year contract. The Ravens lost top tight end Dennis Pitta to a season-ending hip injury early in training camp, and Ed Dickson, the player being counted on to replace him, is sidelined by a partially torn hamstring.
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