If you’re a New York Jets fan, you either love or hate Geno Smith and judging from the boos at Saturday night’s scrimmage, hate is the most common reaction.
Well, fear no more Jets fans, because Geno Smith is no longer your starting quarterback… at least for the next 6-10 weeks.
Geno out 6 to 10 weeks becuse of an altercation in the locker room. Broken jaw. Requires surgery. IK Enemkpali hit him. Been released. #Jets
— dom cosentino (@domcosentino) August 11, 2015
Since the news broke on Tuesday afternoon, more pieces of the story have been coming out. There was a fight between Geno and linebacker IK Enemkpali in which Enemkpali allegedly sucker punched the quarterback, which resulted in a broken jaw. With Smith out, the starting job will go to veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick since rookie quarterback Bryce Petty has been struggling for most of camp. As of right now, Smith or Enemkpali have refrained from making comments, except for a single Instagram post.
Geno Smith posts a selfie after incident and seems optimistic: “ILL BE BACK!” (via @genosmith7) pic.twitter.com/Fv09uZPOy2
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 11, 2015
However, Jets head coach, Todd Bowles has a few comments regarding the fight. Bowles has not released any details about the fight but has discussed what happened to Smith saying:
“He got cold-cocked … sucker punched, whatever you want to call it, in the jaw. He’s got a broken jaw, a fractured jaw.”
It’s clear that Bowles is ready to put the fight behind him and get back to training camp. Bowles gave no reasoning behind the fight:
“It’s something very childish that 6th graders could have talked about … If they want to tell you what happened they’ll tell you what happened. I told them I wouldn’t say anything.”
Regardless of what or how it happened, Bowles has the right idea in trying to bring the focus back to training camp.