Geno Smith : ‘Jets QB’ out 6-10 Weeks After Punched by Teammate

Geno Smith : Jets QB out 6-10 Weeks After Punched by Teammate

New York Jets starting quarterback Geno Smith suffered a broken jaw after being sucker-punched in the locker room on Tuesday by linebacker IK Enemkpali, coach Todd Bowles told the media.

Fox Sports’ Mike Garafolo reported that Smith stuck his finger in Enemkpali’s face during an argument, which led to the sucker punch.

Smith was expected to be the team’s week-one starter before the incident. ESPN’s Adam Schefter said Smith’s jaw is broken in two places and he’ll miss six to 10 weeks.

The Jets, quite promptly, released Enemkpali and picked up cornerback Javier Arenas.

While in college at Louisiana Tech, Enemkpali punched an off-duty cop, according to ESPN:

He was arrested and charged with battery on a police officer and disturbing the peace/drunk, according to court records. The charge was amended to simple battery and he received a suspended jail sentence and was placed on 13 months probation. He also was ordered to perform 32 hours of community service and to complete an anger management course.

“It was something very childish, something sixth-graders could’ve talked about,” Bowles said, according to ESPN, about the Tuesday incident. “It had no reason to happen. If they want to tell you what happened, they can tell you what happened. I told them I wouldn’t say anything about it.”

Three other quarterbacks are listed on the Jets roster aside from Smith: veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick and rookie quarterbacks Bryce Petty and Jake Heaps.

Fitzpatrick has 11 years of NFL experience, most recently with the Tennessee Titans, where he started nine games last season.

Petty was a fourth-round draft pick out of Baylor, where he led the Bears to Big 12 titles in 2013 and 2014. In his last game in college, he threw for a Cotton-Bowl record 550 yards in a loss to Michigan State and was named the game’s offensive MVP.

Heaps was undrafted after a college career at BYU, Kansas and Miami.