In the aftermath of the incident, Enemkpali was released by the Jets (and later snatched by the Bills), while Smith now has to miss the preseason games and the starting weeks of the new season. This means that backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and rookie Bryce Petty will be fighting for the starting job, with Fitzpatrick having the upper hand because of his experience. Smith was already under fire even before the mishap and many people (us included) had already predicted that he’d lose the starting job to Fitzpatrick in the course of the season. The fact that he’s been injured and the job is now Ryan’s to lose is therefore not a shocker, with many New York fans even celebrating his incident. So what does Smith’s injury and Fitzpatrick’s projected escalation to the starting job mean for the Jets in the NFL betting lines?
Jets unlikely to use IR/designated for return on Geno Smith http://t.co/Ergkl2aHHm— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 18, 2015
In one of the most bizarre stories in recent NFL betting history, the New York Jets will be forced to go for up to ten weeks without their starting quarterback, who suffered a jaw injury in a laughable off-field incident. As you probably know already, Geno Smith broke his jaw after being punched in the face during a locker room incident with linebacker Ikemefuna Enemkpali. Following the incident, Coach Todd Bowles held a press conference, explaining about the $600-dollar feud that led to the injury, and termed the whole case as a very childish incident that even sixth-graders would have handled maturely.