New York Giants head coach Steve Spagnuolo takes back statement on players’ knee injuries

NEW YORK — New York Jets coach Steve Smith is standing by his players after players who were taken to the hospital during the team’s win over the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night were unable to practice on Tuesday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday.

Smith’s comments on Monday came after the team announced it was investigating a possible knee injury suffered by defensive end Michael Johnson, who was taken to a hospital with a knee injury.

Smith said he had been told by team doctors that Johnson’s injury wasn’t serious and that he’d be back on the field Thursday.

The Jets won the game 30-17.

Smith later apologized for Johnson’s behavior and said it was “a very bad situation” for him and the team.

The NFL later released a statement saying the league was investigating the incident and that it was not aware of any player who suffered a knee issue.

Johnson, whose career had stalled after being traded to the Denver Broncos in 2016, was also injured when he landed awkwardly on the play of tight end Evan Engram in the third quarter of the game.