Geno Smith Fights with IK Enemkpali: Twitter Reacts to QB's Injury

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 11, 2015

Twitter: @BleacherReport

New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith is expected to miss six to 10 weeks after getting "sucker punched" by linebacker Ikemefuna Enemkpali on Tuesday.  

Adam Schefter of ESPN passed along the stunning news from Jets head coach Todd Bowles. Eric Allen of the team's official site confirmed Smith suffered a broken jaw as a result of the incident and noted Enemkpali has been released.

Schefter also provided details on what may have led to the altercation:

Shortly after the news was announced, Smith took to Instagram to say "I'll be back."

Enemkpali released a statement on the matter, via Conor Orr of NFL.com.

Conor Orr @ConorOrr

Statement from IK Enemkpali http://t.co/jFcFggUv17

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network provided a little more context to the situation:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

Word is Geno Smith put his finger in the face of IK Enemkpali’s during and argument that wasn’t getting difused. Then came the punch

Bleacher Report provided a tweet with Floyd Mayweather's altered "best ever" fighter rankings:

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Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk added some background information about Enemkpali:

Michael David Smith @MichaelDavSmith

In college IK Enemkpali was convicted of battery on a police officer. Jets drafted him anyway, but cut him for battery on a quarterback.

CollegeFootball 24/7 added some fitting information on Enemkpali:

CollegeFootball 24/7 @NFLDraft

"Flashes shock and violence in his punch." IK Enemkpali 2014 draft profile: http://t.co/bq7pgNlgjA

While the incident seems to point away from Smith in terms of responsibility, ESPN's Cris Carter had another perspective, saying, "It's a lack of leadership on Geno Smith's part that he would put himself in harm's way to get sucker punched." NFL on ESPN initially tweeted the comment, but has since removed it, via Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated.

Richard Deitsch @richarddeitsch

Interesting: ESPN's @ESPNNFL Twitter account deleted the Cris Carter take on Geno Smith.

Joe Theismann used the incident to speak on the NFL:

Joe Theismann @Theismann7

Welcome to the National Fighting League.

Faux John Madden thinks another NFL team could benefit from a similar strategy:

Faux John Madden @FauxJohnMadden

BREAKING: Bears reach out to Jets player that punched out Geno Smith to check availability on meeting with Jay Cutler

Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall had a simple reaction to the mess:

Brandon Marshall @BMarshall


Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers weighed in on how he perceives the incident, via SportsCenter:

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

Aaron Rodgers had some candid comments on the Geno Smith incident. http://t.co/O4mHinhR9Q

Former NFL player Pat White had an interesting way to motivate Smith:

Pat White @P5White

@GenoSmith7 just know that @kanyewest came back stronger. #thruthewire

Former Jets quarterback Michael Vick also encouraged Smith in his recovery:

Michael Vick @MichaelVick

Prayers up, wishin lil bro a speedy recovery @GenoSmith7 .."It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up." -Vince Lombardi

Smith's injury is likely going to hand journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick the starting job. He's tallied 123 passing touchdowns and 101 interceptions in 97 career games. He threw 17 touchdowns with eight interceptions for the Houston Texans last season.

Fitzpatrick's 2014 performance was better than what Smith provided the Jets, as noted by ESPN Stats & Info:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

No. 2 on Jets' QB depth chart: Ryan Fitzpatrick, who had career-high Total QBR of 57 last season with Texans (Geno Smith: 44 QBR in 2014)

Doug Farrar of Sports Illustrated joked that Fitzpatrick's typically bushy beard provides added protection for his jaw:

Doug Farrar @BR_DougFarrar

"Yeah, try to bust this jaw, punk." http://t.co/Rtgm2lw4g2

SportsNation has another backup option in mind for the Jets:

SportsNation @SportsNation

"I think I could play." http://t.co/XqDoWYqMfS

Trey Wingo of ESPN is thinking Broadway spinoff:

trey wingo @wingoz

When you're a Jet you're a Jet all the way, til you break the QB's jaw then you've played your last play. #JetsasaMusical

Of course, it wouldn't be New York without the Seinfeld reference, this one courtesy of Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post:

Fireman Ed probably summed up the reaction of all Jets fans, as highlighted by Joe Giglio of WFAN:

Joe Giglio @JoeGiglioSports


All told, the Jets shouldn't suffer much of a drop-off with Fitzpatrick leading the offense. He could have won the starting job anyway with a strong showing during the preseason. Just like with the Texans and the Buffalo Bills, he'll be a solid stopgap option.

The bigger problem is simply writing off this type of violence as something that happens in training camp. Most of the time they are minor scuffles. But losing a quarterback for six to 10 weeks should open some eyes, especially after Cam Newton got involved in a small brawl Monday.


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