Monday 23 April 2018

New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith has jaw broken by team mates 'sucker punch'

Geno Smith of the New York Jets
Geno Smith of the New York Jets

The Wembley-bound New York Jets are likely to be without their starting quarterback in London after Geno Smith's jaw was broken by a team mate's "sucker punch".

Gang Green face AFC East rivals Miami Dolphins in the capital on October 4 but their pre-season preparations have been thrown into disarray with the news Smith is facing six-to-10 weeks out after being punched by colleague IK Enemkpali in the team's locker room.

The Jets announced Enemkpali had been cut from the team but his biggest impact with New York has left them without their signal caller for the first portion of the season, which begins in 30 days' time.

"It was nothing to do with football - it was very childish," Jets head coach Todd Bowles said in quotes published on ESPN.

"He got cold-cocked, sucker punched, whatever you want to call it, in the jaw. He's got a broken jaw, a fractured jaw.

"The team knows it. It's something we don't tolerate, something we can't stand.

"You don't walk up to a man and punch him in the face."

The Jets were already missing their Pro Bowl defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson for the Dolphins clash due to a four-game suspension he picked up last month for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

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