Geno Smith Comments on Jaw Injury, Locker Room Fight with IK Enemkpali

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistSeptember 7, 2015

Dec 28, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) wipes his forehead after being interviewed against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
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Geno Smith spoke to reporters briefly about his incident with IK Enemkpali that left the New York Jets quarterback with a broken jaw, though he wasn't exactly forthcoming with the details of the situation.

While he evaded most questions about the incident, he did acknowledge he wouldn't press charges against Enemkpali, per Rich Cimini of ESPN, after the linebacker punched him in the face during an August locker room dispute.

Smith was even cryptic at times, according to Dennis Waszak Jr. of the Associated Press:

Dennis Waszak Jr. @DWAZ73

Geno Smith says there's a 'lesson learned' in every situation. Asked what lesson is in this case: "I'll keep that to myself" #Jets

He also wouldn't address rumors that the incident stemmed from a debt Smith owed Enemkpali but hadn't paid, simply replying "next question" when asked if he had paid Enemkpali back, per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

He did acknowledge how surprising the incident must have been for fans, saying, "Imagine how I felt," per Cimini, while also suggesting the issue wasn't yet resolved within the league:

Rich Cimini @RichCimini

Geno Smith referred to "the investigation" -- meaning the NFL looking into the Enemkpali punch. He hinted more details will emerge. #nyj

Enemkpali was signed by the Buffalo Bills and former head coach Rex Ryan, though the team cut him Friday. Many NFL teams will be wary of signing the outside linebacker, who was already on the fringes of the Jets roster and now has a reputation as a player who allowed his temper to boil over to the point that he struck a starting quarterback. 

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As for Smith, head coach Todd Bowles said his timetable to return from injury hasn't changed, meaning he should miss only four regular-season games, per Mehta. Ryan Fitzpatrick will start in his place, though the organization will be more than ready to get back a healthy Smith and put this entire ordeal behind it. 

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