Joe Namath might want to walk back some of that Geno Smith criticism now.
Despite Smith believing after Sunday’s 24-16 win over the Ravens that his knee injury wasn’t serious, the initial diagnosis from the quarterback’s MRI is a torn ACL, according to sources. The injury will presumably end his season and quite possibly his Jets career.
Smith, who replaced Ryan Fitzpatrick as the team’s starting quarterback this week, suffered the injury in the second quarter when he was sacked by Matthew Judon in the second quarter. Fitzpatrick took over from there and helped the Jets beat Baltimore for the team’s second win this season.
“I was trying to get away from a sack,” Smith said of the injury after the game. “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.”
Smith added that he was “begging” to go back in Sunday’s game.
Geno Smith lobbied to get back on the field Sunday, but was shut down after injuring his knee.
Had Smith been healthy enough to play next week, it would have set up an interesting quarterback dilemma for Todd Bowles. However, with the fourth-year quarterback hurt, Fitzpatrick will presumably return to the starting job. That in and of itself will be interesting, since Fitzpatrick criticized the team’s owner, GM and coach for not believing in him following Sunday’s win.
With Smith now out of the picture, second-year QB Bryce Petty presumably becomes the backup. Smith’s injury could accelerate the timetable for Petty to get on the field if the Jets continue to struggle and fall out of the playoff picture.
Smith was criticized for Joe Namath during Sunday’s win, as the Jets legend speculated that the quarterback’s injury might not be serious enough to warrant Smith not playing.
“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.
Matt Judon sacked Smith, which forced him into an awkward fall.
Smith’s latest injury could be the final chapter in what has been a rollercoaster ride for the quarterback since becoming a pro. The Jets selected Smith in the second round of the 2013 draft after he surprisingly fell out of the first round. The quarterback became a starter right away after Rex Ryan put Mark Sanchez into the late stages of a preseason game and Sanchez was injured and knocked out for the year.
Smith proceeded to start 29 games over 2013 and 2014 and did not play well over that span, throwing 25 touchdowns and 34 interceptions. Gang Green was 8-8 with Smith at QB in 2013 and 3-10 with him at the helm in 2014.
He was slated to be the starter in 2015 until IK Enemkpali punched Smith in the jaw during training camp over a $600 debt, knocking the quarterback out for a few weeks. Fitzpatrick took over and played well enough to keep the job, leading Gang Green to a 10-6 season.
With Fitzpatrick a free agent in the offseason, Smith was technically back on top of the depth chart, but the team made it clear that it wanted Fitzpatrick to be the starting quarterback. That was exactly what happened when Fitzpatrick did indeed re-sign, and Smith admitted he was “pissed off” at the situation.
Fitzpatrick stunk through the first six games of the season, and Smith admitted to ESPN in Week 6 that he was “antsy” to get into game action. He came on in relief of Fitzpatrick in the Jets’ blowout loss to the Cardinals that week. After the game, Bowles said Fitzpatrick would remain his starter, but two days later announced Smith as the starter. That paved the way for Sunday’s contest against the Ravens, in which Smith was injured.
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News