Jets' Geno Smith out 6-10 weeks after 'sucker punch'

Aug 12, 2015 1:46 AM by Ryan Wilson - CBS Sports

So much for Geno Smith winning the Jets starting quarterback job. According to coach Todd Bowles, per reports, Smith is out 6-10 weeks with a broken jaw after he was punched in the face by linebacker IK Enemkpali in the locker room Tuesday morning. Enemkpali has since been released.

Bowles said Smith was "sucker-punched," adding, "You don't walk up to another man and punch him in the face."

So what precipated the fight?

Turns out, Enemkpali has a history. In college he was convicted of battery on a police officer. The Jets drafted him in the sixth round anyway, but cut him for battery on a quarterback.

Next up for Smith: Surgery.

Next up for the Jets: Moving forward with another quarterback. That means veteran journeyman and offseason signing Ryan Fitzpatrick is the likely favorite to be the starter for the forseeable future. Rookie fourth-rounder Bryce Petty is also on the roster.

As recently as an hour before the news broke, the Jets were tweeting about Smith's progress at quarterback.


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