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Geno Smith to miss start of NFL season after jaw broken by New York Jets teammate

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The New York Jets would have been hoping to fly under the radar as they get set for the 2015 NFL season.

Geno Injured

They have definitely not managed to do that after it was revealed that starting quarterback Geno Smith could be out for up to three months.

It turns out that the Jets are as unbalanced in the locker room as they are on the football field come game day, with Smith having his jaw broken by teammate IK Enemkpali. 


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"It was nothing to do with football. ... It was very childish," coach Todd Bowles said. "He got cold-cocked ... sucker punched, whatever you want to call it, in the jaw. He's got a broken jaw, a fractured jaw."

This probably isn't the best thing to happen as you're days away from your first game of the pre-season.

Violent History

Enemkpali was a sixth-round pick by the Jets in 2014 out of Louisiana Tech and was released immediately by the team after the incident.

This wasn't the linebacker's first fight. He was arrested and charged with battery on a police officer and disturbing the peace after he punched an off-duty police officer aged 19, while in college.

Training camp fights are common - we've seen about 10 in the past two days from the Colts, Panthers and Dolphins among others - but those fights are usually on the practice field, when players are in full pads. For a player to seriously injure a teammate in the locker room is rare.

FitzMagic Starting

Former Houston Texans QB now replaces Smith as the starting quarterback, with rookie Bryce Petty becoming the number two.

This is something that you wouldn't even see on Ballers. Maybe we'll see something similar in series two.

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