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Geno Smith has surgery to repair broken jaw

New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith practices during

New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith practices during training camp at the team's practice facility in Florham Park, N.J. on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. Credit: Andrew Theodorakis

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.

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.


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