New York Jets rumors about Geno Smith are again negative. This time, the Jets coaching staff is upset with Smith for practicing too soon after having surgery on his jaw. A report from CBS Sports on Monday (August 17) states that head coach Todd Bowles was not pleased to learn that Smith was throwing the football around this weekend. Scheduled to be out 6-10 weeks, the Jets’ quarterback was supposed to be resting.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Geno Smith was sucker-punched by linebacker IK Enemkpali in the Jets locker room last Tuesday (August 11). Smith suffered a broken jaw, and Enemkpali was immediately cut by the team. Two broken bones in his jaw forced Smith to undergo a surgery that will take a while to recover from. That recovery period was supposed to begin by avoiding physical activity, as well. Bowles spoke about that when addressing the press about Smith.
“He shouldn’t be doing it right now. We handled that internally. We had that discussion. Yeah, he just got surgery. You don’t want him to get infected. I don’t know, [the timetable is] up to the doctors and the healing process. I couldn’t tell you at this time. Hopefully soon, but I couldn’t give you a date.
Well [the trainers and doctors] said he couldn’t do anything physical, so I’m going by the rules of what they said so he doesn’t get an infection”
These New York Jets rumors came from the New York Post staking out the apartment of Geno Smith, which led to footage of the Jets’ quarterback running around with friends and throwing the football. While it seems to be a pretty benign transgression on the surface, the coaching staff is still pretty frustrated about the whole situation. Expecting the starting quarterback to get some rest only to find out he wasn’t doing that, it’s also understandable why Bowles didn’t want to answer many questions.
A report from the New York Daily News has Ryan Fitzpatrick lined up to be the starting quarterback while Smith is recovering. It’s an exciting opportunity for Fitzpatrick, who has already stated that he is getting more respect at training camp now. The team needs him to find consistency in the short-term, as the September 13 regular season opener is nearly here. It’s unclear just how many NFL regular season games Geno Smith will miss while he recovers, but the slight good news in these New York Jets rumors is that he is excited and energized to get back on the football field.
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