Jets' Smith appealing suspension for hit on Boldin

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- New York Jets safety Eric Smith has appealed his one-game suspension and $50,000 fine by the NFL for his helmet-to-helmet hit last week on Arizona receiver Anquan Boldin.

Coach Eric Mangini said Smith was going through the appeal process Monday and a ruling was expected later in the day or Tuesday.

The league suspended Smith last Monday for committing a flagrant violation of player safety rules in New York's 56-35 win Sept. 28. In a statement, the NFL said Boldin was in a defenseless position when contact was made.

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