Geno Smith is out for the count.
The New York Jets incumbent quarterback will be out at least six to 10 weeks after teammate Ikemefuma (IK) Enemkpali sucker-punched him and broke his jaw in the locker room.
“It was an altercation in the locker room, it had nothing to do with football, over something very childish,” said Todd Bowles, the Jets head coach. “He got cold-cocked, sucker-punched whatever you want to call it in the jaw. He has a broken jaw, a fractured jaw, required some surgery.”
Following the altercation, Enemkpali was cut from the team and Bowles added that [violence] is something they don’t tolerate.
Enemkpali, 24, has a history of violence and apparently the Jets were aware of it when he was first drafted to the team.
As a 19-year-old undergrad in Louisiana Tech, he was arrested for battery on an undercover, off-duty police officer and disturbing the peace. He was sentenced to a suspended jail sentence, 13 months of probation and fined $200 as reported by ESPN.
The Jets drafted him last year and when questioned about the incident he blamed it on youthful mistakes.
“I was just being a young. [It was] a young hot-headed decision. I didn’t think about everything. If I knew what I know now, I would’ve gotten myself out of the situation. I lost my cool. That’s what is was. I didn’t know he was undercover, which is no excuse, but … yeah, I lost my cool.”
Originally from Pflugerville, Texas, the 6-foot-1, 261 pounds pass-rusher played six games for the Jets last season and was competing for a roster spot.
Meanwhile, Ryan Fitzpatrick will replace Smith and they have rookies Bryce Petty and Jake Heaps on the roster.
Smith has also become a top trending topic on Twitter with memes mocking the quarterback and asking the Jets to end the season.
Although he is no stranger to scandal, Rolling Stones wrote an article on the extensive timeline of bad decisions Smith has been involved in, from Instagram sex scandals to missing team meetings after bombing a game.
Smith signed a four-year $5 million contract with the Jets in 2013. He competed for the coveted quarterback spot against Mark Sanchez, who is now with the Philadelphia Eagles.
In the meantime, he apparently has a history of taking everything in stride and posted earlier post-punch selfie on Instagram with the message “I’ll be back.”