NEW YORK — The formal announcement was a surprise to no one. Not Jets fans. Not the media. And especially not Geno Smith.
Rex Ryan finally made it official after a 35-24 preseason loss to the Giants on Friday night, declaring Smith will be the starting quarterback in Week 1.
"Did I have any doubt? I wouldn't let doubt creep into my mind," Smith said after punctuating a solid preseason with his sharpest performance of the summer, 9-for-14 for 137 yards, including a touchdown pass. "I always come in with the mind-set that if I do what I have to do, I can be the starting quarterback and lead this team."
Backup Michael Vick, meanwhile, took offense to a story at Sports Illustrated's mmqb.com that said some Jets coaches privately were disappointed he wasn't "more hell-bent on winning the starting job."
"That's not true at all," a miffed Vick said. "Me and my coaches, we have great conversations. We have open dialogue, and that was far from the case."
bradford hurt: Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, who tore his left ACL on Oct. 20, reinjured that knee in his second preseason start. The No. 1 overall draft pick in 2010 out of Oklahoma went down with 8:19 remaining in the first quarter after being pressured by defensive lineman Armonty Bryant and limped out of Saturday's game in Cleveland. ESPN reported that initial tests did not show any damage to Bradford's surgically repaired ACL but that he will have an MRI exam no later than today.
Eagles: First Lt. Alejandro Villanueva, a 6-foot-9, 277-pound converted defensive end, was released. The team signed the 25-year-old Army Ranger in May. He spent the past four years as an active member of the Army, with three tours in Afghanistan. He last played in 2009 at the U.S. Military Academy, where he was the top receiver as a senior.
lions: Ndamukong Suh, who has a history of personal fouls against quarterbacks, was nailed with a roughing-the-passer call on the Jaguars' Chad Henne during the second quarter of a 13-12 win Friday. On replay, it appeared Suh lowered his helmet into Henne's chest after he had thrown the ball. … Rookie linebacker Kyle Van Noy sat out with an abdominal injury the team feared was a sports hernia, which could keep him out for 4-6 weeks. … Defensive tackle Greg Hickman of FIU was released.
packers: B.J. Raji tore his right biceps in Friday's 31-21 victory over the Raiders, and the nose tackle will miss the season.
Panthers: Trainers "worked his ankle" when quarterback Cam Newton was taken out of the game, coach Ron Rivera said after Friday's 30-7 loss at the Patriots. Newton, coming off left ankle surgery in March, also left for one play on his final series with the starters when he suffered a back bruise while getting hit on a 7-yard run. X-rays were negative.
Raiders: Linebacker Sio Moore avoided serious injury to his neck and is day-to-day, coach Dennis Allen said. X-rays were negative, Allen said, calling Friday's injury a neck strain.