Geno Smith underwent surgery on his broken jaw yesterday and reports today on the outcome could have finally brought the first news to come out of the whole situation all week.
According to former NFL team head physician, David J. Chao MD, the fact that the New York Jets quarterback was not required to have his jaw wired shut as part of Thursday's surgery could greatly increase his recovery time.
Having been handed a timeline of 6-10 weeks before he could return from this week's "sucker punch", Chao now insists that a Week One return is "likely" for the much maligned Smith.
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Effectively, because Geno Smith only had plates and screws inserted to help rehabilitate the broken jaw, this procedure requires less healing time compared to one that would have seen his jaw wired shut.
Moreover, wiring shut the jaw would have limited Smith's ability to communicate - clearly impacting on his ability to make head way on the Jets' depth chart at this stage.
Back in time?
The New York franchise's first regular season game is now only four weeks away so if Geno were to be ready to go come Week One against the Cleveland Browns it would beat the original diagnosis by at least a couple of weeks.
However, with veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick having already been running Smith close for the starting job ahead of the new NFL campaign, it remains to be seen whether Todd Bowles and his staff would be willing to throw the third-year star straight into the line up for the season opener regardless of how rapid his recovery is.
Jets fans: Would you risk Geno Smith in Week One if he recovers in time? Have your say in the comments below...
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