Smith was knocked out of the game for a few plays with shoulder and abdomen issues, according to Bowles. Because third-string signalcaller Bryce Petty was inactive for the game, Fitzpatrick was forced to reenter.
Smith was seen with medical personnel leaving for an X-ray after the game.
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reported during the game that the Jets had already begun exploring trade a free agent options at quarterback.
Smith’s appearance was his first since he broke his jaw during a locker room confrontation with former Jets linebacker IK Enemkpali. Enemkpali punched Smith in the face and was subsequently waived. Fitzpatrick remained the starter after Smith recovered from his injury.
The injury news didn’t stop there. Wideout Brandon Marshall sustained toe and ankle injuries to different feet, Bowles said.
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