FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Jets quarterback Geno Smith will be sidelined for several weeks after he suffered a broken jaw during a locker room brawl Tuesday morning, team officials said.
Teammate and linebacker IK Enemkpali allegedly punched Smith in the locker room during pre-season training, the team's coach said. Both men are 24 years old.
"It was something very childish that sixth graders could have talked about," coach Todd Bowles said before training camp Tuesday. "It had no reason to happen."
When asked what the fight was about, Bowles said, "I’ll let them tell you. It’s something very childish, something that sixth graders could have talked about ... I told them I wouldn’t say anything about it, "
Bowles called the attack a "sucker punch" and said it had "nothing to do with football," but did not go into further detail. Ikemefuna Enemkpali has been "released" from the team.
This isn't the linebacker's first brush with the law.
According to ESPN, Enemkpali punched an off-duty police officer when he was 19 after a fight broke out in a bar. He was subdued with pepper spray and then a stun gun.
Enemkpali was charged with battery and had to complete and anger-management course.
When asked about the incident, Enemkpali told ESPN it was a "young, hot-headed decision."
Smith must undergo surgery and is expected to be out of the game at least 6 to 10 weeks, Bowles said.
Smith is entering his third season. Bowles said the Jets could add another quarterback but it appears Ryan Fitzpatrick will assume the starting job.
"The team knows it’s something we don’t tolerate, something we can’t stand," Bowles said. "You don’t walk up to another man and punch him in the face.”
Smith took to social media to announce that he'd return to the field.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.