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Jets promote rugby player Smith to roster

WR Hill released to make room on 53-man list. Terry McCormick

Print This October 27, 2012, 07:27 PM EST

Former rugby star Hayden Smith, who is making the transition to American football, has been promoted to the New York Jets' 53-man roster, according to Newsday.

Tight end Jeff Cumberland suffered a hand injury, and the Jets could need Smith to be their second tight end on Sunday.

Smith, who worked out for several NFL teams in the off-season, signed with the Jets this summer and had been on the team's practice squad while learning and transitioning to the NFL after having been a rugby star.

To make room on the 53-man roster, the Jets waived wide receiver Jason Hill on Saturday.

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com

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