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“They say a limited amount of time, but not necessarily right away or this week or next week,” Coughlin said. “I won’t know until (Smith) starts rehabbing. He hasn’t had much swelling or discomfort, so a lot of it in the beginning will probably be preventative to make sure there’s no further injury, and then to strengthen and go forward.”

NOTES: T David Diehl (hip and hamstring), FB Madison Hedgecock (hamstring), C Shaun O’Hara (foot), and KR Darius Reynaud (hamstring) were ruled out for Sunday along with Smith. T Will Beatty (foot) is questionable. DE Osi Umenyiora (knee), RB Brandon Jacobs (illness), and LB Gerris Wilkinson (hand) are probable. … Coughlin said he’ll wait until gametime to decide whether veteran Kevin Boothe or rookie Mitch Petrus will start at the left guard spot left vacant in the offensive line shuffle to compensate for O’Hara’s and Diehl’s injuries. All signs point to Boothe, however.