The Associated Press reports former Jets linebacker IK Enemkpali, who punched and injured Smith, could face discipline from the league under its personal conduct policy. The two players had a dispute before a morning walkthrough, reportedly over a $600 plane ticket Enemkpali wanted Smith to refund him for.
Smith will miss 6-10 weeks, according to Jets coach Todd Bowles, and will have surgery. Enemkpali was released by the team shortly after the altercation.
Any off-field incident involving workplace violence falls under the NFL's personal conduct policy, and the league will act accordingly.
Enemkpali reportedly believed Smith owed him the money after he originally bought the quarterback a ticket to attend his July 11 football camp in Pflugerville, Texas. According to reports, the quarterback could not attend after a personal emergency situation involving a close friend and a motorcycle accident required his immediate attention.
Smith had yet to pay Enemkpali back, which led to the incident Bowles described as a “sucker punch.” Some reports have indicated Smith stuck a finger in Enemkpali's face, which initiated the punch.
Smith’s injury leaves the Jets with three healthy quarterbacks: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bryce Petty and undrafted rookie Jake Heaps, listed on the depth chart in that order. Bowles said in a press conference Tuesday afternoon that Fitzpatrick would start for the time being.
- Jeremy Woo