Geno Smith: Broken jaw from teammate’s punch a ‘freak accident’
New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith wasn’t happy to be standing on the sidelines as he watched Ryan Fitzpatrick lead the team to a 31-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns Sunday, and indicated what made it most frustrating is how he ended up there in the first place.
“I’m extremely [angry],” Smith said Wednesday from the Jets locker room, via SI.com. “But I have to keep my temper down. I can’t exhibit that in the locker room, I can’t exhibit that on a daily basis.”
Smith of course is out for at least several more weeks — perhaps even up to 10 — after undergoing surgery on his jaw, broken in a locker room altercation with then-teammate IK Enemkpali. The alleged sucker-punch was purportedly prompted by a $600 unpaid debt. The manner in which Smith referred to the nature of his injury arguably is as strange as what transpired in the one-sided locker room melee.
“It’s hard,” Smith told NJ Advance Media. “You’ve just got to be patient. It’s one of those things. Had it been something where I got injured on the field, [I’d] probably have a better perspective of it. For it to be such a freak accident … sometimes, you wake up, and you’re like, ‘Man.’ You wish you could go back to that day, and do something different.”
Despite everything, Smith insists all he can do is wait for his opportunity to return to the field.
“If I was playing bad and got benched, that’s on me. But for something like that to happen, it’s like… What can you do?” he said. “You’ve just got to kind of weather the storm and move on from there.”
Smith then backtracked a bit on his comments about how he could have done “something different,” saying, “I don’t regret anything. I don’t think I did anything wrong. You can’t go back in time.”
Smith obviously has had his fair share of controversies during his time with the Jets. Whether or not he is able to “weather the storm” remains to be seen.