DETROIT -- Geno Smith had surgery Thursday in New Jersey to repair the broken jaw he suffered at the hands of a former teammate.
According to the Jets, Smith's jaw wasn't wired shut; instead, plates and screws were used. The third-year quarterback was to remain in the hospital overnight.
Smith was punched by linebacker Ikemefuna Enemkpali on Tuesday after the two exchanged words in the locker room over an unpaid debt.ColumnGlauber: Rex Ryan swings at Jets and missesStoryWho is Ikemefuna Enemkpali?StoryClark: Enemkpali is 'really tight about money'
At the heart of the issue was Smith's procrastination in paying back the $600 he owed the linebacker. The longer it took him to pay up, the more frustrated Enemkpali became, and things reached a boiling point Tuesday after Smith put his finger in Enemkpali's face, a source said.
Enemkpali immediately was released by the Jets, and Rex Ryan's Bills claimed him off waivers Wednesday. Smith, will be sidelined 6-10 weeks.
While Smith was undergoing surgery, the Jets were in Detroit preparing for their preseason opener against the Lions. Ryan Fitzpatrick, who went into training camp as the team's No. 2 quarterback, was tabbed as the starter for last night's game and for the regular season.
When Smith returns, the organization will have to determine whether to stick with Fitzpatrick or go back to Smith.