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Jets quarterback Geno Smith missed team meeting night before 31-0 loss to Chargers

  • San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Jarret Johnson tackles New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith and knocks off his helmet during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in San Diego.  (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Jarret Johnson tackles New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith and knocks off his helmet during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith passes against the San Diego Chargers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

    New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith passes against the San Diego Chargers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)  (The Associated Press)

Struggling New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith missed a team meeting the night before a 31-0 loss to the San Diego Chargers in which he was benched.

A team spokesman says Monday that Smith's absence was an "honest mistake" after the second-year quarterback got the times for the meeting Saturday night confused. Smith arrived about 5-10 minutes after the meeting ended, and reviewed the information discussed with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and quarterbacks coach David Lee.

It was the first time Smith had missed a meeting, according to the team.

The New York Daily News first reported Smith's absence early Monday morning.

Smith was benched in favor of Michael Vick on Sunday after a miserable first half in which he was 4 of 12 for 27 yards with an interception.

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