FLORHAM PARK: Tuesday morning, New York Jets coach Todd Bowles addressed the media regarding the status of injured quarterback Geno Smith, who will be sidelined 6-10 weeks following a broken jaw suffered in a locker room altercation.
In a short three-minute press conference, Bowles talked a bit on how the injury happened, if the team plans to add an additional quarterback and much more.
Below you will find all the coach said. For a complete recap of the incident, check out Jets Insider’s breaking report.
Bowles on situation:
This is very brief because I have practice, but our quarterback is out six to 10 weeks, meaning Geno (Smith). There was an altercation in the locker room. It had nothing to do with football. It was something very childish. He got coldcocked, sucker punched, whatever you want to call it, in the jaw. He has a broken jaw, fractured jaw, it requires some surgery. He won’t be at practice today, so you won’t see him today. The culprit was IK (Ikemefuna Enemkpali), the outside linebacker, who has been released. We released IK and that’s pretty much the gist of it. I have meetings and if you want to know more after practice, I can tell you more, but he (Geno Smith) will be out six to ten weeks at least and IK is gone and he won’t be practicing today. (Smith) won’t be playing this weekend, he probably won’t play in the preseason and depending on how surgery goes, we’ll see where we go from there. We may add or not add another quarterback, but we are down (a player at the quarterback position). It’s something we’re dealing with. The team knows it’s something we don’t tolerate, something we can’t stand. You don’t walk up to another man and punch him in the face.”
Bowles on the cause of the fight
I’ll let them tell you. It’s something very childish, something that sixth graders could have talked about. It had no reason happening and if they want to tell you what happened, they can tell you what happened, but I told them I wouldn’t say anything about it, so I’ll keep it there. I can talk to you guys after practice because I have meetings and then practice.
Bowles on any prior issues between Smith and Enemkpali
Not to my knowledge. Obviously, it was a sudden thing. I don’t know what kind of history they have, but I’ll get more details and I’ll let you know after practice. You can ask their people what happened, but he (Smith) is down and he won’t be playing this weekend.