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Jets aren't surprised that Ikemefuna Enemkpali was picked up by Bills

Buffalo Bills' Ikemefuna Enemkpali, right, released this week

Buffalo Bills' Ikemefuna Enemkpali, right, released this week by the New York Jets, walks to the locker room after speaking to reporters at the Bills' training camp Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Pittsford, N.Y. Credit: AP

DETROIT - The news that former teammate Ikemefuna Enemkpali had been picked up by Rex Ryan and the Bills had little effect on the Jets.

Most likely because they saw the move coming.

Right guard Willie Colon simply flashed a mischievous smile in the visitor's locker room after Thursday night's 23-3 loss to the Lions.

"You guys know, man," Colon said, grinning ear to ear. "You know what it is, man. Rex is Rex, so we weren't surprised he went to Buffalo."

Enemkpali, 24, was released by the Jets on Tuesday after he punched quarterback Geno Smith in the locker room. The assault stemmed from a lingering issue between the two over a $600 debt Smith had yet to repay.

A day later, Ryan and the Bills claimed Enemkpali off waivers.

Smith, who suffered a fractured jaw, underwent surgery Thursday. The team originally gave a timetable of six to 10 weeks for his recovery, but there's a chance that Smith could be back sooner.

Not surprisingly, the even-keeled, business-first Todd Bowles didn't seem the least bit concerned by the Bills' acquisition of Enemkpali. Asked for his reaction to the news, Bowles said only: "I didn't have one."

And neither did his players, apparently.

"He drafted him, so it wasn't really a reaction," defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson said. "I kind of figured that, actually. I'm pretty sure the whole locker room knew that was going to happen."

Richardson said he wasn't surprised that the Bills put in a claim so quickly.

"Not at all,' he said. " . . . IK's an excellent pass rusher off the edge, he does his thing in the special-teams area too, so he's an asset to a team. For real."

Unlike most people, Richardson doesn't think his former coach was simply tweaking the Jets with his addition of Enemkpali.

"Not at all," he said. "He knows what [IK] brings to the table . . . And either he's going to make the team or he's not."


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