Joe Namath took no mercy on injured Geno Smith.
In fact, he practically offered a guarantee that the quarterback was healthy enough to keep playing in the Jets’ 24-16 win over the Ravens on Sunday.
“If you’ve got a right knee injury keeping you out of the game why are you standing on the sideline the entire 2nd half? How bad can it be?” Namath tweeted during Sunday’s game.
Smith, who replaced Ryan Fitzpatrick as the Jets’ starting quarterback this past week, was hurt just a quarter and a half into the game. He came up limping after being sacked in the second quarter by Matthew Judon to end a drive.
The quarterback headed to the locker room and came back in street clothes, his day done as Fitzpatrick led Gang Green to the victory.
In his own defense, Smith said he wanted to keep playing but the team wouldn’t let him.
“Honestly, I was begging to go back out there, but I understand they’re doing their jobs so we’ll see how it goes tomorrow and move on from there.”
Smith’s status for next week’s game in Cleveland is in doubt, and even if he’s healthy it’s unclear if he’ll keep the starting job.
Bowles wouldn’t commit to either Smith or Fitzpatrick for next week.
Joe Namath calls out Smith’s toughness on Twitter.
“It’s too early to tell right now,” the coach said. “I want to see what the injury status is before I make that determination.”
Smith, who was slated for an MRI, completed four of eight passes for 95 yards and a touchdown before he was hurt.
“I was trying to get away from a sack,” Smith said of the injury. “The guy was able to grab a hold of me. Something just felt funny when I got up. I don’t think it will be anything too significant.”
Namath certianly didn’t think so.
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News