Jets QB Smith sucker-punched, could miss 10 weeks


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New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith is out up to 10 weeks with a broken jaw, the result of a “sucker punch” by teammate IK Enemkpali, head coach Todd Bowles said Tuesday.

According to NFL Network, Enemkpali leveled Smith when the quarterback put his finger in the 270-pounder’s face during a heated exchange, prompting the punch. The blow resulted in multiple breaks in Smith’s jaw, which could make him a candidate for injured reserve with a return designation.

Smith will miss 6-10 weeks, Bowles said.

Michael Stewart, an oddsmaker for CarbonSports.ag, had this to say regarding the bizarre news.

“While this is a blow to the Jets, it is not like Geno Smith has been putting up huge numbers for them. It might almost be better for the Jets with veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick under center. There is going to be an impact on their division, season win totals and week one odds (all of which are off the board currently) with this news. Currently they are 35-1 to win the AFC and 70-1 to win the Super Bowl.”

Back at Jets camp, the team’s bench boss was understandably upset.

“It’s something very childish,” head coach Bowles said before Tuesday’s practice. “Something sixth graders could’ve talked about. I told them I wouldn’t say anything, I’m going to leave it there.”

Enemkpali played defensive end at Louisiana Tech and was drafted in the sixth round in 2014 to play outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense.

“It’s something we don’t tolerate. It’s something we can’t stand. You don’t walk up to another man and punch him in the face,” said Bowles.

The Jets’ depth chart includes veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, who played for offensive coordinator Chan Gailey with the Buffalo Bills. Fitzpatrick was limited in the offseason recovering from a leg injury.

Rookie Bryce Petty was drafted in April, but the Jets expected 2015 to be a borderline redshirt season for Petty.

*Includes excerpts from The Sports Xchange

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