Geno Smith was getting ready to get hit this week with Thursday the first game of preseason. He just didn't think it'd be his own teammate.
In his own locker room.
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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles announced on Tuesday afternoon that Smith, the team's incumbent quarterback, will be out up to 10 weeks with a broken jaw after being punched by linebacker IKEnemkpali. It is being called a sucker-punch by the team.
The punch hit Smith unexpectedly and Enemkpali was released from the team.
“It was an altercation in the locker room, it had nothing to do with football, over something very childish,” Bowles said. “He got cold-cocked, sucker-punched whatever you want to call it in the jaw. He had a broken jaw, a fractured jaw, required some surgery.”
Bowles said the Jets “may add another quarterback.” Currently, they have Ryan Fitzpatrick as well as rookies Bryce Petty and Jake Heaps on the roster.
“It was something very childish that sixth graders could have talked about,” Bowles said.