NY Jets QB Geno Smith out 6-10 weeks after getting sucker punched by a teammate

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Reaction to Geno Smith Fight, Broken Jaw


By JOHN DORN

As if the New York Jets needed more drama, starting quarterback Geno Smith will miss the next 6-10 weeks with what head coach Todd Bowles called "a busted jaw."

The injury occurred off the field and in the locker room, Bowles said. Twenty-four-year-old linebacker IK Enemkpali "sucker-punched" Smith in the face, leaving him with a broken jaw. Enemkpali has been released from the team.



Drama has surrounded Smith and the Jets since their marriage began before the 2013 season. His poor showing last year already had some fans pulling for newly signed Ryan Fitzpatrick to win the starting job over him in the preseason. Smith was reportedly having an impressive camp, throwing his first two interceptions just Monday.

Last month, Smith was voted as the NFL's worst starting quarterback for the second straight year, according to anonymous NFL insiders and coaches.

Fitzpatrick has started 89 career games, including 12 last year for the Houston Texans. The team also drafted Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty in the fourth round of this year's draft.


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MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 28: Quarterback Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets looks on before a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on December 28, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/ Getty Images)
BATON ROUGE, LA - SEPTEMBER 25: Quarterback Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers in action against the Louisiana State University Tigers at Tiger Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
COLLEGE PARK, MD - SEPTEMBER 17: Quarterback Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers thows a pass while being pressured by defensive lineman Andre Monroe #93 of the Maryland Terrapins during the second half at Byrd Stadium on September 17, 2011 in College Park, Maryland. West Virginia defeated Maryland 37-31. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 04: Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers celebrates with the trophy after they won 70-33 against the Clemson Tigers during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 4, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 22: Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers leads the team onto the field before the game against the Maryland Terrapins on September 22, 2012 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 24: Geno Smith of West Virginia throws during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 24, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: Geno Smith of the West Virginia Mountaineers stands on stage prior to the start of the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 25, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
FLORHAM PARK, NJ - MAY 11: Quarterback Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets relaxes during New York Jets Rookie Minicamp at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center on May 11, 2013 in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Pereira/New York Jets/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 17: Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets warms up before their preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium on August 17, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 24: Quarterback Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets calls a play against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on August 24, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Pereira/New York Jets for Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 8: Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets takes the field against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during their game at MetLife Stadium on September 8, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 08: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets walks on the field after a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 8, 2013 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Buccaneers 18-17. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - SEPTEMBER 12: New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (#7) is consoled by New York Jets kicker Nick Folk (#2) along the sidelines after he turned the ball over on a key interception pass late in the fourth quarter. The New England Patriots take on the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterbacks EJ Manuel #3 of the Buffalo Bills and quarterback Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets meet on the field after the Jets defeated the Bills 27-20 at MetLife Stadium on September 22, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 22: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets in action against the Buffalo Bills on September 22, 2013 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Bills 27-20. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 7: Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets rolls out to pass against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on October 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 13: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets in action against the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 13, 2013 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Steelers defeated the Jets 19-6. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 20: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets in action against Dont'a Hightower #54 of the New England Patriots on October 20, 2013 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Patriots 30-27 in overtime. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 20: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets sits on the bench against the New England Patriots on October 20, 2013 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Patriots 30-27 in overtime. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets calls an audible during NFL game action against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 17, 2013 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 8: Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets walks the sidelines during their game against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium on December 8, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 08: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets walks off the field after a game against the Oakland Raiders on December 8, 2013 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Raiders 37-27. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 15: Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets braces for impact as he is hit by Kawann Short #99 of the Carolina Panthers during play at Bank of America Stadium on December 15, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers won 30-20. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 15: Geno Smith #7 and Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets watch from the sidelines during the final minute of a loss to the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on December 15, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers won 30-20. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 29: Quarterback Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets puts his hands to his face in the game against the Miaim Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on December 29, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Al Pereira/New York Jets/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 08: (L-R) Wale and Geno Smith attend Wale's Wrkng Title Collection Event at Manon on April 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 07: Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets throws during warmups for a game against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium on September 7, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets walks off the field after losing 27-19 to the Chicago Bears during a game at MetLife Stadium on September 22, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 28: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets in action against the Detroit Lions on September 28, 2014 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Lions defeated the Jets 24-17. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 12: Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets and Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos on October 12, 2014 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.The Denver Broncos defeated the New York Jets 31-17. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 12: Eric Decker #87 celebrates a touchdown with Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets in the fourth quarter during a game against the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium on October 12, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 16: Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets is injured during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 16, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 26: Quarterbacks Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets and Michael Vick #1 look on from the bench in the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on October 26, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Bills won 43-23. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 01: Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets looks on from the tunnel prior to taking the field for their game against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium on December 1, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 09: Geno Smith of the NY Jets joins The Coalition For The Homeless for the 2014 New York Cares Coat Drive the 2014 New York Cares Coat Drive at the Coalition For The Homeless on December 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 14: Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets drops back to pass in the second quarter of a game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on December 14, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Jets defeated the Titans 16-11. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 21: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots talks with Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets at the conclusion of the game at MetLife Stadium on December 21, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jerome Davis/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 21: Quarterback Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets turns to hand off the ball against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium on December 21, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Pereira/New York Jets/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 28: Quarterback Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets follows the action against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on December 28, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Al Pereira/New York Jets/Getty Images)
FLORHAM PARK, NJ - JUNE 16: Quarterback Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets appears in a portrait on June 16, 2015 in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images for New York Jets)
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