Jets QB Geno Smith reprimanded for playing catch after jaw surgery
New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith told the New York Post that he is feeling “great” after undergoing surgery on his broken jaw on Thursday, but he was reprimanded by the team for playing catch just two days post-surgery.
The Post reports that Smith was shirtless and wearing eye-black while tossing a football in the parking lot of his apartment complex. On Sunday, Jets coach Todd Bowles told reporters that he was not happy to hear that Smith was working out on his own so soon after surgery.
“He shouldn't be doing it right now,” Bowles said. “We handled that internally. We had that discussion.”
Smith was not disciplined by the organization, only reprimanded because of Bowles' and general manager Mike Maccagnan's concern that his jaw, which was broken in two places, could get infected or re-injured.
Smith is expected to be out six to 10 weeks due to the injury and told The Post to tell Jets fans, “Get ready for me to come back.”