Geno Smith out 6-10 weeks with broken jaw suffered on 'sucker punch'
New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith is out for at least six to 10 weeks with two fractures in his jaw following a locker room scuffle with reserve linebacker IK Enemkpali.
Enmkpali was released immediately.
"It was nothing to do with football, It was very childish," coach Todd Bowles said. "He got cold-cocked ... sucker punched, whatever you want to call it, in the jaw. He's got a broken jaw, a fractured jaw."
Enemkpali is a sixth-round pick from the 2014 NFL draft.
"The team knows it," Bowles said. "It's something we don't tolerate, something we can't stand," Bowles said. "You don't walk up to a man and punch him in the face.
"It was something very childish, something sixth-graders could've talked about. 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."
Enemkpalie punched an off-duty cop who was working security at a college bar. On that night, Enemkpali had to be subdued first with pepper spray and then with a stun gun.
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.
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