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.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network provided a little more context to the situation:
Bleacher Report provided a tweet with Floyd Mayweather's altered "best ever" fighter rankings:
Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk added some background information about Enemkpali:
CollegeFootball 24/7 added some fitting information on Enemkpali:
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.
Joe Theismann used the incident to speak on the NFL:
Faux John Madden thinks another NFL team could benefit from a similar strategy:
Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall had a simple reaction to the mess:
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers weighed in on how he perceives the incident, via SportsCenter:
Former NFL player Pat White had an interesting way to motivate Smith:
Former Jets quarterback Michael Vick also encouraged Smith in his recovery:
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:
Doug Farrar of Sports Illustrated joked that Fitzpatrick's typically bushy beard provides added protection for his jaw:
SportsNation has another backup option in mind for the Jets:
Trey Wingo of ESPN is thinking Broadway spinoff:
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:
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.