CORTLAND, N.Y. – Geno Smith threw one interception, then another. And then, two more.
It wasn’t a good performance by the New York Jets’ rookie quarterback. At all.
“It was brutal,” Coach Rex Ryan said flatly Wednesday. “That was Geno’s worst day.”
Smith, competing with Mark Sanchez for the starting job, was intercepted four times, including three in 11-on-11 drills. He’s still dealing with a sprained right ankle but has looked less hobbled in practice the last few days. Ryan said it’s clearly affecting his performance, as well as his fundamentals and being late on some throws.
“Obviously the ankle is part of it, but way too many picks,” Ryan said. “He did not look comfortable today. Obviously he has to come back from it and he will come back from it. But it was a bad day.
“Guys have bad days but this was a really bad day.”
49ERS: Defensive lineman Demarcus Dobbs was suspended for a Week 1 game against Green Bay for a violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
The 49ers, in announcing the penalty jointly with the NFL, said Dobbs will be eligible to return to the active roster Sept. 9, a day after the season opener at home against the Packers. He can still practice with the team, attend meetings and other activities.
RAMS: Starting linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar was suspended for four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
Dunbar, who was second on the team with a career-high 157 tackles last season, is able to participate in all team activities before the suspension, which begins with the season-opening game against Arizona. He will be able to practice and play in all exhibitions before the opener.
BRONCOS: Linebacker Von Miller, already facing a suspension for violating the NFL’s drug-abuse policy, is now confronted by charges he failed to show up in court on misdemeanor traffic violations.
Miller was arrested Sunday in the Denver suburb of Centennial, then released, the Arapahoe County sheriff’s detention chief said.
BENGALS: Receiver A.J. Green returned to practice on a limited basis, ending a nearly three-week absence because of a bruised knee.
Green was allowed to participate in non-contact drills only. He said the team was being cautious, easing him in slowly.
EAGLES: Nick Foles will be the starting quarterback when Philadelphia plays its second preseason game Thursday night against Carolina. Michael Vick started last week’s 31-22 to loss to New England and now it’s Foles’ turn.
The two have been alternating days starting out with the first team.
DOLPHINS: Kicker Dan Carpenter lost his training-camp competition for a job to rookie Caleb Sturgis.
REDSKINS: Quarterback Robert Griffin III took his first 11-on-11 snaps at training camp.
BILLS: Buffalo signed free- agent linebacker Jamaal Westerman and released injured tight end Mike Caussin.
RAIDERS: Oakland sustained a significant blow with the news that starting left tackle Jared Veldheer will need surgery on his torn left triceps and miss a significant portion of the season.
TEXANS: Quarterback Matt Schaub returned to practice after taking time off to attend his grandfather’s funeral, a man he called his biggest fan.
CHIEFS: Running back Jamaal Charles remained sidelined by a strained right foot and likely will miss the exhibition Friday night against San Francisco.
• Kansas City waived linebacker Chad Kilgore and signed cornerback Kennard Cox.
JAGUARS: Starting running back Maurice Jones-Drew plans to get some carries Saturday night against the New York Jets. If so, it would be his first game action since injuring his left foot last October and his first preseason work since 2011.
BROWNS: Running back Montario Hardesty will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery.