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Ryan acknowledged that it’s a “possibility” Smith won’t play against the Jaguars, but added that there’s still plenty of time for the injury to heal.

Smith, meanwhile, remained positive about his camp so far _ as well as the injury.

“The ankle’s feeling good,” Smith said. “It’s getting progressively better.”

Smith was injured in the team’s preseason opener at Detroit last Friday night, but has not missed any practice time. He worked mostly with the first-team offense Wednesday, and appeared to move around the field with only a slight limp at times.

With both quarterbacks facing the scout-team defenses as the Jets prepare for Jacksonville, Smith was not sharp. He was intercepted by Rontez Miles on a pass that went off the hands of Ryan Spadola in 7-on-7 drills, and also picked off by Royce Adams, Jacquies Smith and Bret Lockett in 11-on-11 drills.

“It was a bad day today,” Ryan said. “There’s no other way to put it. It was a bad day. Was I disappointed he had the day he did today? Absolutely. These days happen, but you don’t expect them to happen.”

When asked what happened on the interceptions, Smith got slightly testy.

“I don’t know,” he said. “You’ve got to watch the tape man, I’m pretty sure you all got it. Just go ahead and watch it.”

Ryan indicated that he and his staff need to see more of both Smith and Sanchez before they consider who will win the competition and start in Week 1 against Tampa Bay.

“Will it become more of a sense of urgency probably after this game? I would say so,” Ryan said. “I thought this was going to be a real competition and it wouldn’t be just solved after one week of a preseason game. I don’t know that many are really decided after one preseason game. So I don’t think it’s a surprise that there’s not clarity at a number of positions.”

NOTES: RB-KR Joe McKnight (head injury) missed practice for a second straight day after needing to be carted off the field and needing oxygen Monday. He declined comment when approached by reporters. … RB Chris Ivory was a full participant for the third straight practice, and appears on pace to make his Jets game debut Saturday. … WR Clyde Gates (head injury) returned to practice after missing two days. NT Kenrick Ellis, P Robert Malone and LB Josh Mauga were all out with back issues. … The Jets have one more practice at Cortland on Thursday, but it is closed to the public and there is no media availability.