Carolina Panthers quarterback Joe Webb (14) passes under pressure from Buffalo Bills linebacker Ikemefuna Enemkpali (75) during the second half of an NFL preseason football game on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)
Bill Wippert
August 15, 2015

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Stepping on the field, linebacker Ikemefuna Enemkpali finally began putting behind the headlines he created with a sucker punch that broke the jaw of New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith.

''Getting out there just cleared my mind,'' Enemkpali said following his Buffalo Bills' debut in a preseason-opening 25-24 loss to Carolina on Friday. ''The staff, coaches, players, the way they made me feel welcome, I can't ask for a better place to be at.''

Cut by the Jets on Tuesday, the second-year player was claimed by Buffalo a day later. He took the field with the second-string defense and made two tackles, one for a loss.

Without mentioning Smith by name, Enemkpali apologized for what happened in a brief statement Thursday.

Following the game, a Bills employee said Enemkpali stood by his statement when the player was asked if he intended to apologize to Smith.

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